Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

161. And I Lounged and Lay on Their Beds 4/6/2018
162. Half An Hour 4/6/2018
163. Simeon 4/6/2018
164. The Bandaged Shoulder 4/6/2018
165. On An Italian Shore 4/5/2018
166. Passing Through 9/26/2012
167. The Displeasure Of Selefkidis 9/26/2012
168. The Favour Of Alexander Valas 9/26/2012
169. The Funeral Of Sarpedon 9/26/2012
170. The Glory Of The Ptolemies 9/26/2012
171. The Twenty-Fifth Year Of His Life 9/26/2012
172. Theophilos Palaiologos 9/26/2012
173. To Antiochos Epiphanis 9/26/2012
174. When They Come Alive 9/26/2012
175. You Didn'T Understand 9/26/2012
176. September, 1903 9/26/2012
177. Returning From Greece 9/26/2012
178. Herodis Attikos 9/26/2012
179. In A Town Of Osroini 9/26/2012
180. Lovely White Flowers 9/26/2012
181. Of Dimitrios Sotir 9/26/2012
182. Orophernis 9/26/2012
183. Priest At The Serapeion 9/26/2012
184. Sculptor Of Tyana 9/26/2012
185. Temethos, Antiochian, A.D. 400 9/26/2012
186. That's The Man 9/26/2012
187. In The Evening 9/26/2012
188. Kimon, Son Of Learchos, 22, Student Of Greek Literature (In Kyrini) 9/25/2012
189. King Dimitrios 9/25/2012
190. On The Stairs 9/26/2012
191. Julian At The Mysteries 9/26/2012
192. Growing In Spirit 9/26/2012
193. To Have Taken The Trouble 9/26/2012
194. Two Young Men, 23 To 24 Years Old 9/26/2012
195. The Footsteps 9/26/2012
196. Prayer 9/26/2012
197. Imenos 9/26/2012
198. Outside The House 9/26/2012
199. On Board Ship 9/26/2012
200. Kleitos' Illness 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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