Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

41. The Photograph 9/26/2012
42. The Souls Of Old Men 9/26/2012
43. To Sensual Pleasure 9/26/2012
44. Things Ended 9/26/2012
45. Unfaithfulness 9/26/2012
46. The Window Of The Tobacco Shop 9/26/2012
47. The Next Table 9/26/2012
48. 'The Rest I Will Tell To Those Down In Hades' 9/26/2012
49. Dimaratos 9/25/2012
50. For Ammonis, Who Died At 29, In 610 9/25/2012
51. In The Street 9/26/2012
52. On Hearing Of Love 9/26/2012
53. I'Ve Looked So Much... 9/25/2012
54. December, 1903 9/26/2012
55. When The Watchman Saw The Light 9/26/2012
56. Young Men Of Sidon 9/26/2012
57. The Afternoon Sun 9/26/2012
58. The Horses Of Achilles 3/23/2012
59. The Retinue Of Dionysos 3/23/2012
60. Theatre Of Sidon (400 B.C.) 3/23/2012
61. Tomb Of Lanis 3/23/2012
62. Tomb Of Ignatos 3/23/2012
63. In Sparta 3/23/2012
64. In The Tavernas 3/23/2012
65. John Kantakuzinos Triumphs 3/23/2012
66. He Asked About The Quality 9/26/2012
67. King Claudius 9/26/2012
68. Julian In Nicomedia 3/23/2012
69. Julian Seeing Contempt 3/23/2012
70. Antony's Ending 9/26/2012
71. To Call Up The Shades 3/23/2012
72. Tomb Of Evrion 3/23/2012
73. Following The Recipe Of Ancient Syrio-Greek Magicians 3/23/2012
74. In Alexandria, 31 B.C. 3/23/2012
75. In The Boring Village 3/23/2012
76. Of The Jews (50 A.D.) 3/23/2012
77. Sophist Leaving Syria 3/23/2012
78. Alexander Jannaios And Alexandra 3/23/2012
79. Kaisarion 3/23/2012
80. And I Lounged And Lay On Their Beds 9/26/2012

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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


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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