Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

81. If Actually Dead 4/4/2018
82. Young Men of Sidon (A.D. 400) 4/4/2018
83. To Call Up The Shades 4/4/2018
84. Dareios 4/4/2018
85. Anna Komnina 4/4/2018
86. A Byzantine Nobleman in Exile Composing Verses 4/4/2018
87. Their Beginning 4/4/2018
88. The Favour of Alexander Valas 4/4/2018
89. Melancholy of Jason Kleander, Poet in Kommagini, A.D. 595 4/4/2018
90. Dimaratos 4/4/2018
91. I've Brought to Art 4/4/2018
92. From the School of the Renowned Philosopher 4/4/2018
93. Craftsman of Wine Bowls 4/4/2018
94. Those Who Fought For The Achaian League 4/4/2018
95. To Antiochos Epiphanis 4/4/2018
96. In an Old Book 4/4/2018
97. In Despair 4/5/2018
98. Julian Seeing Contempt 4/5/2018
99. Epitaph of Antiochos, King of Kommagini 4/5/2018
100. Theatre of Sidon (A.D. 400) 4/5/2018
101. Julian in Nicomedia 4/5/2018
102. Before Time Altered Them 4/5/2018
103. He Had Planned To Read 4/5/2018
104. In Alexandria, 31 B.C. 4/5/2018
105. John Kantakuzinos Triumphs 4/5/2018
106. Temethos, Antiochian, A.D. 400 4/5/2018
107. Of Coloured Glass 4/5/2018
108. The Twenty-Fifth Year of His Life 4/5/2018
109. In the Boring Village 4/5/2018
110. Apollonios of Tyana in Rhodes 4/5/2018
111. Kleitos' Illness 4/5/2018
112. In A Township of Asia Minor 4/5/2018
113. Priest At The Serapeion 4/5/2018
114. In the Tavernas 4/5/2018
115. A Great Procession of Priests and Laymen 4/5/2018
116. Sophist Leaving Syria 4/5/2018
117. Julian and the Antiochians 4/5/2018
118. Anna Dalassini 4/5/2018
119. Days of 1896 4/5/2018
120. Two Young Men, 23 to 24 years old 4/5/2018

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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

Half An Hour

I never had you, nor will I ever have you
I suppose. A few words, an approach
as in the bar yesterday, and nothing more.
It is, undeniably, a pity. But we who serve Art
sometimes with intensity of mind, and of course only
for a short while, we create pleasure
which almost seems real.
So in the bar the day before yesterday -- the merciful alcohol
was also helping much --

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