Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

121. Greek from Ancient Times -new- 4/5/2018
122. Days Of 1901 -new- 4/5/2018
123. You Didn't Understand -new- 4/5/2018
124. A Young Poet in his Twenty-Fourth Year -new- 4/5/2018
125. In Sparta -new- 4/5/2018
126. Picture of a 23-year-old Painted by his Friend of the same Age, an Amateur -new- 4/6/2018
127. In a Large Greek Colony, 200 B.C. -new- 4/6/2018
128. A Prince From Western Libya -new- 4/6/2018
129. Kimon, Son of Learchos, 22, Student of Greek Literature (In Kyrini) -new- 4/6/2018
130. On the March to Sinopi -new- 4/6/2018
131. Days of 1909, '10, and '11 -new- 4/6/2018
132. Myris: Alexandria, A.D. 340 -new- 4/6/2018
133. Alexander Jannaios and Alexandra -new- 4/6/2018
134. Lovely White Flowers -new- 4/6/2018
135. Come, O King of the Lacedaimonians -new- 4/6/2018
136. In the Same Space -new- 4/6/2018
137. The Mirror In The Front Hall -new- 4/6/2018
138. He Asked about the Quality -new- 4/6/2018
139. To Have Taken The Trouble -new- 4/6/2018
140. Following The Recipe Of Ancient Greco-Syrian Magicians -new- 4/6/2018
141. In The Year 200 B.C -new- 4/6/2018
142. Days of 1908 -new- 4/6/2018
143. On the Outskirts of Antioch -new- 4/6/2018
144. Julian at the Mysteries -new- 4/6/2018
145. King Claudius -new- 4/6/2018
146. When the Watchman Saw the Light -new- 4/6/2018
147. Growing in Spirit -new- 4/6/2018
148. September, 1903 -new- 4/6/2018
149. December, 1903 -new- 4/6/2018
150. On The Stairs -new- 4/6/2018
151. At The Theatre -new- 4/6/2018
152. Poseidonians -new- 4/6/2018
153. Antony's Ending -new- 4/6/2018
154. Hidden Things -new- 4/6/2018
155. On Hearing of Love -new- 4/6/2018
156. 'The Rest I Will Tell to Those Down In Hades' -new- 4/6/2018
157. The Photograph -new- 4/6/2018
158. Returning From Greece -new- 4/6/2018
159. Exiles -new- 4/6/2018
160. Theophilos Palaiologos -new- 4/6/2018

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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

The God Abandons Anthony

When suddenly, at midnight, you hear
an invisible procession going by
with exquisite music, voices,
don't mourn your luck that's failing now,
work gone wrong, your plans
all proving deceptive -- don't mourn them uselessly.
As one long prepared, and graced with courage,
say goodbye to her, the Alexandria that is leaving.
Above all, don't fool yourself, don't say

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