Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

241. To Call Up The Shades 3/23/2012
242. In An Old Book 3/23/2012
243. The Afternoon Sun 9/26/2012
244. At The Theatre 9/26/2012
245. In A Township Of Asia Minor 3/23/2012
246. Greek From Ancient Times 3/23/2012
247. Craftsmen Of Wine Bowls 3/23/2012
248. Days Of 1901 3/23/2012
249. A Great Procession Of Priests And Laymen 3/23/2012
250. Tomb Of Evrion 3/23/2012
251. At The Café Door 3/23/2012
252. John Kantakuzinos Triumphs 3/23/2012
253. If Actually Dead 3/23/2012
254. On The March To Sinopi 3/23/2012
255. Philhellene 3/23/2012
256. Kaisarion 3/23/2012
257. From The School Of The Renowned Philosopher 4/7/2010
258. Melancholy Of Jason Kleander, Poet In Kommagini, A.D. 595 4/7/2010
259. In The Month Athyr 4/7/2010
260. Longings 4/7/2010
261. A Young Poet In His 24th Year 3/23/2012
262. On The Outskirts Of Antioch 3/23/2012
263. Before The Statue Of Endymion 3/23/2012
264. Long Ago 4/7/2010
265. Before Time Altered Them 3/23/2012
266. Days Of 1896 3/23/2012
267. The Battle Of Magnesia 3/23/2012
268. Julian And The Antiochians 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. According To The Formulas Of Ancient Grecosyrian Magi 1/1/2004
275. Of The Shop 1/1/2004
276. In The Same Space 1/3/2003
277. Manuel Comninos 1/3/2003
278. Theodotus 1/3/2003
279. Aemilianus Monae, Alexandrian, 628 - 655 A.D. 1/1/2004
280. The Bandaged Shoulder 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

The Afternoon Sun

TRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY
This room, how well I know it.
Now they're renting it, and the one next to it,
as offices. The whole house has become
an office building for agents, businessmen, companies.

This room, how familiar it is.

The couch was here, near the door,

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