Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

161. In Despair 1/3/2003
162. Envoys From Alexandria 1/3/2003
163. Remember, Body... 1/3/2003
164. Days Of 1908 1/3/2003
165. Half An Hour 1/3/2003
166. Sensual Pleasures 1/3/2003
167. Far Off 1/3/2003
168. Anna Comnena 1/3/2003
169. Morning Sea 1/3/2003
170. Walls 1/3/2003
171. Days Of 1903 1/3/2003
172. Caesarion 1/3/2003
173. Darius 1/3/2003
174. Hidden Things 1/3/2003
175. The God Abandons Anthony 1/3/2003
176. Dangerous Things 1/3/2003
177. But Wise Men Perceive Approaching Things 1/3/2003
178. Waiting For The Barbarians 1/3/2003
179. Che Fece 1/3/2003
180. The City 1/3/2003
181. Footsteps 1/3/2003
182. Desires 1/3/2003
183. Alexandrian Kings 1/3/2003
184. Body Remember 1/3/2003
185. Candles 1/3/2003
186. As Much As You Can 1/3/2003
187. Addition 1/3/2003
188. An Old Man 1/3/2003
189. Ithaca 1/3/2003

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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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