Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

321. Apollonius Of Tyana In Rhodes 1/3/2003
322. Understanding 1/3/2003
323. Hidden Things 1/3/2003
324. Exiles 1/3/2003
325. Anna Dalassené 1/3/2003
326. Thermopylae 1/3/2003
327. In Despair 1/3/2003
328. Envoys From Alexandria 1/3/2003
329. Remember, Body... 1/3/2003
330. Days Of 1908 1/3/2003
331. Half An Hour 1/3/2003
332. Sensual Pleasures 1/3/2003
333. Far Off 1/3/2003
334. Anna Comnena 1/3/2003
335. Morning Sea 1/3/2003
336. Walls 1/3/2003
337. Days Of 1903 1/3/2003
338. Caesarion 1/3/2003
339. Darius 1/3/2003
340. The God Abandons Anthony 1/3/2003
341. Dangerous Things 1/3/2003
342. But Wise Men Perceive Approaching Things 1/3/2003
343. Waiting For The Barbarians 1/3/2003
344. Che Fece 1/3/2003
345. The City 1/3/2003
346. Footsteps 1/3/2003
347. Desires 1/3/2003
348. Body Remember 1/3/2003
349. Alexandrian Kings 1/3/2003
350. Candles 1/3/2003
351. Addition 1/3/2003
352. As Much As You Can 1/3/2003
353. An Old Man 1/3/2003
354. Ithaca 1/3/2003

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Best Poem of Constantine P. Cavafy

Ithaca

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 ...

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Ionian

Just because we've torn their statues down,
and cast them from their temples,
doesn't for a moment mean the gods are dead.
Land of Ionia, they love you yet,

their spirits still remember you.
When an August morning breaks upon you
a vigour from their lives stabs through your air;
and sometimes an ethereal and youthful form

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