Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

1. The Afternoon Sun 3/30/2018
2. Che Fece ... Il Gran Refiuto 3/30/2018
3. The City 3/30/2018
4. In Sparta 3/30/2018
5. In the Same Space 3/30/2018
6. Ithaka 3/30/2018
7. Waiting for the Barbarians 3/30/2018
8. The God Abandons Antony 3/30/2018
9. Che Fece . . . Il Gran Rifiuto 3/30/2018
10. Since Nine O'Clock 3/30/2018
11. Caesarion 3/30/2018
12. The Next Table 3/30/2018
13. Craftsman of Wine Bowls 3/30/2018
14. Walls 3/30/2018
15. An Old Man 3/30/2018
16. The Horses of Achilles 3/30/2018
17. Prayer 3/30/2018
18. The Funeral of Sarpedon 3/30/2018
19. Candles 3/30/2018
20. The First Step 3/30/2018
21. The Souls Of Old Men 3/30/2018
22. Che fece...Il gran rifiuto. 3/30/2018
23. Interruption 3/30/2018
24. Thermopylae 3/30/2018
25. Unfaithfulness 3/30/2018
26. Waiting For The Barbarians 3/30/2018
27. Voices 3/30/2018
28. Longings 3/30/2018
29. Trojans 4/2/2018
30. King Dimitrios 4/2/2018
31. The Retinue of Dionysos 4/2/2018
32. Monotony 4/2/2018
33. The Footsteps 4/2/2018
34. That's The Man 4/2/2018
35. The Satrapy 4/2/2018
36. The Ides of March 4/2/2018
37. Things Ended 4/2/2018
38. Sculptor of Tyana 4/2/2018
39. But The Wise Perceive Things About To Happen 4/2/2018
40. Theodotos 4/2/2018

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Best Poem of Constantine P. Cavafy


When you set out for Ithaka
ask that your way be long,
full of adventure, full of instruction.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - do not fear them:
such as these you will never find
as long as your thought is lofty, as long as a rare
emotion touch your spirit and your body.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
angry Poseidon - you will not meet them
unless you carry them in your soul,
unless your soul raise them up before you.

Ask that your way be long.
At many a Summer dawn to enter
with what gratitude, what joy -
ports seen ...

Read the full of Ithaca


Our efforts are those of the unfortunate;
our efforts are like those of the Trojans.
Somewhat we succeed; somewhat
we regain confidence; and we start
to have courage and high hopes.

But something always happens and stops us.
Achilles in the trench before us
emerges and with loud cries terrifies us.--

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