What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. Why isn’t anything happening in the senate? Why do the senators sit there . Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis. Kavafis () is one of the better known Greek poets of the 20th century. Born of Greek parents in Alexandria, Egypt, in Konstantinos Wikipedia Wikiquote. Date of birth, 29 April , Alexandria.

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Konstantinos Kavafis: The Hypermodern Greek Poet

When you depart for Ithaca, wish for the road to be long, full of adventure, full of knowledge. Retrieved from ” https: But do not hurry the journey at all.

The Displeasure of Selefkidis. The Company of Dionysos. In he was initially recruited as an unpaid secretary to the Irrigation Service and from as a salaried employee, a post in kavfks he would remain untilreaching the rank of Deputy Mayor.

Almost all of Cavafy’s work was in Greek; yet, his poetry remained unrecognized and underestimated in Greece, until after the publication of the first anthology in by Heracles Apostolidis father of Konsatntinos Apostolidis.

C.P. Cavafy – Poems – The Canon

The poem begins by describing a city-state in decline, whose population and legislators are waiting for the arrival of the barbarians.


On an Italian Shore. Selections of Cavafy’s poems appeared only in pamphlets, privately printed booklets and broadsheets during his lifetime. Many of his poems are pseudo-historical, or seemingly historical, or accurately but quirkily historical. This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat Ithaca cannot give you riches, but she gave you the beautiful journey.


“Ithaca”, by Konstantinos P. Kavafis

Is Cyprus Abandoning Russia? He published his poetry from to in the form of broadsheets, and only for his close friends. Of the Jews A. When They Come Alive.

Any acclaim he was to receive came mainly from within the Greek community of Alexandria. She has nothing left to give you now. His first poem in his archives seems to have been written in The past and former actions, sometimes along with the vision for the future underlie the muse of Cavafy in writing these poems.

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The Vexation of the Seleucides. His poetry is taught in school in Greece and Cyprusand in universities around the world. I speak English, French, and a little Italian.

He died on the same date 70 years later, in Macedonian Issue to Determine Greek Politics in The first book of his poems was published intwo years after his death. On the Outskirts of Antioch. We stay there fighting although we know that there is the potential for failure. He is known for his prosaic use of metaphors, his brilliant use of historical imagery, and his aesthetic perfectionism.


Of Dimitrios Sotir B. Arriving there is what you are destined for. Young Men of Sidon A.

Don’t fear the Laistrygonians and the Cyclops, the angry Poseidon. Other poems originate from Helleno-romaic antiquity and the Byzantine era. In the Year B. The God Forsaketh Anthony. May there be many a summer morning when, with what pleasure, what joy, you come into harbors seen for the first time; may you stop at Phoenician trading stations to buy fine things, mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony, sensual perfume of every kind— as many sensual perfumes as you can; and may you visit many Egyptian cities to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

The god abandons Antony. Those Who Fought for the Achaian League. In a Town of Osroini.

Cavafy drew his themes from personal experience, along with a deep and wide knowledge of history, especially of the Hellenistic era. In the Month of Athyr. A Great Procession of Priests and Laymen.

The Tomb of Ignatius. I had not visited Greece for many years. The Displeasure of the Seleucid. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.