Who is Constantine P. Cavafy

Constantine Peter Cavafy (/kəˈvɑːfi/; also known as Konstantin or Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis; Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Π. Καβάφης [kaˈvafis]; April 29 (April 17, OS), 1863 – April 29, 1933) was an Egyptiot Greek poet, journalist and civil servant. His consciously individual style earned him a place among the most important figures not only in Greek poetry, but in Western poetry as well.

Cavafy wrote 154 poems, while dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. During his lifetime, he consistently refused to formally publish his work and preferred to share it through local newspapers and magazines, or even print it out himself and give it away to anyone interested. His most important poems were written after his fortieth birthday, and officia...
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Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

  • The Battle Of Magnesia
    He's lost his old fire, his courage.
    Now his tired, almost decrepit body
    will be his first concern. And the rest of his life he'll spend
    without worrying. So Philip says, anyway. ...
  • Before Time Altered Them
    They were full of sadness at their parting.
    That wasn't what they themselves wanted: it was circumstances.
    The need to earn a living forced one of them
    to go far awayâ??New York or Canada. ...
  • Long Ago
    Iâ??d like to speak of this memoryâ?¦
    but itâ??s so faded nowâ?¦as though nothing is leftâ??
    because it was so long ago, in my early adolescent years.
    ...
  • Candles
    The days of the future stand in front of us
    Like a line of candles all alight----
    Golden and warm and lively little candles.
    The days that are past are left behind, ...
  • Pictured
    My work, I'm very careful about it, and I love it.
    But today I'm discouraged by how slowly it's going.
    The day has affected my mood.
    It gets darker and darker. Endless wind and rain. ...
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Life 40 I Love You 38 Young 38 Love 38 Time 29 Great 27 Beautiful 24 Beauty 24 Body 22 Night 22


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  • Rabihalameddine: two years ago: the afternoon sun by constantine p. cavafy
  • Chelydoreus: "and now what shall become of us without any barbarians? those people were some kind of solution." "waiting for the barbarians", constantine p. cavafy (1904)
  • Sarcasmliving: and now, what's going to happen to us without barbarians? they were, those people, a kind of solution. - constantine p. cavafy
  • Stamatinaliosi: ''...and say goodbye to her, to the alexandria you are losing.'' - constantine p. cavafy (1911), translated by edmund keeley and philip sherrard
  • Theboookdog: i met the greek poet constantine p. cavafy on the book three o’clock in the morning written by gianrico carofiglio, translated from the italian by howard curtis. the narrator’s father renders cavafy’s poem ‘as much as you can’. +
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