Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

121. Picture of a 23-year-old Painted by his Friend of the same Age, an Amateur 4/6/2018
122. Sophist Leaving Syria 4/5/2018
123. Julian and the Antiochians 4/5/2018
124. Kleitos' Illness 4/5/2018
125. Of Coloured Glass 4/5/2018
126. Julian in Nicomedia 4/5/2018
127. John Kantakuzinos Triumphs 4/5/2018
128. Julian Seeing Contempt 4/5/2018
129. The Favour of Alexander Valas 4/4/2018
130. On Board Ship 4/4/2018
131. Of Dimitrios Sotir (162-150 B.C.) 4/4/2018
132. A Byzantine Nobleman in Exile Composing Verses 4/4/2018
133. Of The Jews (A.D. 50) 4/4/2018
134. The Afternoon Sun 4/4/2018
135. Outside the House 4/4/2018
136. Alexandrian Kings 4/2/2018
137. Aimilianos Monai, Alexandrian, A.D. 628-655 4/4/2018
138. Philhellene 4/2/2018
139. The Glory of the Ptolemies 4/2/2018
140. One Night 4/2/2018
141. Morning Sea 4/2/2018
142. Pictured 4/2/2018
143. Orophernis 4/2/2018
144. The Battle of Magnesia 4/2/2018
145. Manuel Komninos 4/2/2018
146. The Displeasure of Selefkidis 4/2/2018
147. Nero's Deadline 4/4/2018
148. Sculptor of Tyana 4/2/2018
149. Monotony 4/2/2018
150. The Footsteps 4/2/2018
151. King Dimitrios 4/2/2018
152. The First Step 3/30/2018
153. Since Nine O'Clock 3/30/2018
154. The Horses of Achilles 3/30/2018
155. Prayer 3/30/2018
156. The Funeral of Sarpedon 3/30/2018
157. The City 3/30/2018
158. Longings 3/30/2018
159. Long Ago 4/2/2018
160. On The Stairs 4/6/2018

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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 ...

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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