The prose of Pentzikis , Delios and Xefloudas, which adopted the subject matter and style of the internal monologue, reflects the narrative styles of Joyce and Proust, while differentiating them from the prose tradition of the rest of Greece. The poetry of Vafopoulos, Themelis and Karelli, likewise introverted, was inspired by contemporary French symbolism to cultivate a poetic vision of death, time, and the existentialist dichotomy, often enriched by Byzantine nuances.
This poem by Zoe Karelli is a characteristic example of the introverted verse of the Thessaloniki School.
I do not weep nor do I sing songs.
But the self-rending that I'm preparing
is becoming more and more distressing.
in order to know the world through myself
to say what I have to say,
I who till now existed
to marvel, to be happy and to love.