Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

241. Of The Jews (50 A.D.) 3/23/2012
242. Sophist Leaving Syria 3/23/2012
243. Alexander Jannaios And Alexandra 3/23/2012
244. Kaisarion 3/23/2012
245. And I Lounged And Lay On Their Beds 9/26/2012
246. Julian And The Antiochians 3/23/2012
247. In An Old Book 3/23/2012
248. At The Theatre 9/26/2012
249. Greek From Ancient Times 3/23/2012
250. Craftsmen Of Wine Bowls 3/23/2012
251. In A Township Of Asia Minor 3/23/2012
252. Days Of 1901 3/23/2012
253. A Great Procession Of Priests And Laymen 3/23/2012
254. At The Café Door 3/23/2012
255. If Actually Dead 3/23/2012
256. On The March To Sinopi 3/23/2012
257. Philhellene 3/23/2012
258. From The School Of The Renowned Philosopher 4/7/2010
259. Melancholy Of Jason Kleander, Poet In Kommagini, A.D. 595 4/7/2010
260. In The Month Athyr 4/7/2010
261. Longings 4/7/2010
262. A Young Poet In His 24th Year 3/23/2012
263. On The Outskirts Of Antioch 3/23/2012
264. Before The Statue Of Endymion 3/23/2012
265. Long Ago 4/7/2010
266. Before Time Altered Them 3/23/2012
267. Days Of 1896 3/23/2012
268. The Battle Of Magnesia 3/23/2012
269. A Byzantine Nobleman In Exile Composing Verses 3/23/2012
270. Come, O King Of The Lacedaimonians 3/23/2012
271. I´ve Looked So Much… 4/7/2010
272. A Prince From Western Libya 3/23/2012
273. Of Coloured Glass 4/7/2010
274. Theodotus 1/3/2003
275. According To The Formulas Of Ancient Grecosyrian Magi 1/1/2004
276. Of The Shop 1/1/2004
277. Those Who Fought For The Achaean League 1/3/2003
278. Tomb Of Iases 1/3/2003
279. In The Same Space 1/3/2003
280. Manuel Comninos 1/3/2003

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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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