Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

121. Myris: Alexandria, A.D. 340 4/6/2018
122. Alexander Jannaios and Alexandra 4/6/2018
123. Lovely White Flowers 4/6/2018
124. Come, O King of the Lacedaimonians 4/6/2018
125. In the Same Space 4/6/2018
126. The Mirror In The Front Hall 4/6/2018
127. He Asked about the Quality 4/6/2018
128. To Have Taken The Trouble 4/6/2018
129. Following The Recipe Of Ancient Greco-Syrian Magicians 4/6/2018
130. In The Year 200 B.C 4/6/2018
131. Days of 1908 4/6/2018
132. On the Outskirts of Antioch 4/6/2018
133. Julian at the Mysteries 4/6/2018
134. King Claudius 4/6/2018
135. When the Watchman Saw the Light 4/6/2018
136. Growing in Spirit 4/6/2018
137. September, 1903 4/6/2018
138. December, 1903 4/6/2018
139. On The Stairs 4/6/2018
140. At The Theatre 4/6/2018
141. Poseidonians 4/6/2018
142. Antony's Ending 4/6/2018
143. Hidden Things 4/6/2018
144. On Hearing of Love 4/6/2018
145. 'The Rest I Will Tell to Those Down In Hades' 4/6/2018
146. The Photograph 4/6/2018
147. Returning From Greece 4/6/2018
148. Exiles 4/6/2018
149. Theophilos Palaiologos 4/6/2018
150. And I Lounged and Lay on Their Beds 4/6/2018
151. Half An Hour 4/6/2018
152. Simeon 4/6/2018
153. The Bandaged Shoulder 4/6/2018
154. The Windows 3/30/2018
155. Thermopylae 3/30/2018
156. Unfaithfulness 3/30/2018
157. Waiting For The Barbarians 3/30/2018
158. Voices 3/30/2018
159. At The Cafe Door 4/2/2018
160. Interruption 3/30/2018

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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

Anna Comnena

In the prologue to her Alexiad,
Anna Comnena laments her widowhood.

Her soul is dizzy. "And with rivers
of tears," she tells us "I wet
my eyes... Alas for the waves" in her life,
"alas for the revolts." Pain burns her
"to the the bones and the marrow and the cleaving of the soul."

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