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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Slaughter Us All and Make Our Blood a River: Cyprus Poetry and History by Andreas Antoniou Melas revolves around the long history of Cyprus where people have suffered repeatedly under foreign conquerors. The poet gives readers adequate background about Cyprus to comprehend and appreciate the poem. It also narrates the battle of minds between the Turks and the Greeks. The poem, written in classic form, has a lot of drama and its various interpretations, messages, and great poetic style will fascinate any poetry lover. The verses are rich in imagery and language and reveals Cyprus and its woes to readers.
Though years and decades have gone by, Cyprus is still vulnerable to aggression from outside and, as the story unfolds through the verses, this becomes more and more evident. Epic poems always give a lot of information about the place, its culture and history, and this poem does just that. The poet sheds insights into the high drama that occurred between the Ottoman Turkish Cyprus Governor and Archbishop Kyprianos, who remains a memorable figure. The poem also speaks about the goodness of the Turkish officials along with their aggressive side.
The poem with its esoteric vibe has good messages and quotes for readers. It’s quite interesting and educational, giving readers a peek into Cyprus during olden days. The poet maintains a good tempo throughout the poem. The explanation of words makes it easy for readers to understand certain terms in the poem.