Who is Constantine P. CavafyConstantine Peter Cavafy (; also known as Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis; Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Π. Καβάφης [ka'vafis]; April 29 (April 17, OS), 1863 – April 29, 1933) was a Greek poet, journalist and civil servant from Alexandria. His work, as one translator put it, "holds the historical and the erotic in a single embrace."Cavafy's friend E. M. Forster, the novelist and literary critic, introduced his poems to the English-speaking world in 1923, famously describing him as "a Greek gentleman in a straw hat, standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe." Cavafy's consciously individual style earned him a place among the most important figures not only in Greek poetry, but in Western poetry as a whole.Cavafy wrote 155 poems, while dozens more remained in...
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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.
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, ...
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. ...
Top 10 most used topics by Constantine P. CavafyLife 40 I Love You 38 Young 38 Love 38 Time 29 Great 27 Beautiful 24 Beauty 24 Body 22 Night 22
Constantine P. Cavafy Quotes
Comments about Constantine P. CavafyMisha_saul: "the god abandons antony" - constantine p. cavafy
Bernardtjoy: it seemed to me you stood before me: as you must have been in alexandria after it had been conquered, pale and wearied, perfect in your sorrow, still hoping they’d have mercy on you, those vile men who whispered “surfeit of caesars.” —constantine p. cavafy
Solange99: today is nov. 4 waiting for the barbarians day in honor of the novel by south african-born nobel laureate j. m. coetzee it is also an opera and based on the title of a poem by constantine p. cavafy. (ten minutes 'til the savages come)
Uiuc_cla_lib: “ithaka gave you the marvelous journey. without her, you wouldn’t have set out. she has nothing left to give you now” (ithaca by c. p. cavafy). join us for an evening of poetry! kyriakos euthymiou is reading constantine cavafy (along with some original poems).
Ccavafy: “sometimes they speak to us in dreams; sometimes deep in thought the mind hears them.” – c.p. cavafy, “voices” (1904). photograph of three of constantine cavafy’s older brothers, 1865. from the left: peter-john (died 1891), aristeidis (died 1902) and george (died 1900).
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