Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

161. Their Beginning 1/3/2003
162. Theodotus 1/3/2003
163. Theophilos Palaiologos 9/26/2012
164. Thermopylae 1/3/2003
165. They Should Have Provided 1/3/2003
166. Things Ended 9/26/2012
167. Those Who Fought For The Achaean League 1/3/2003
168. To Antiochos Epiphanis 9/26/2012
169. To Call Up The Shades 3/23/2012
170. To Have Taken The Trouble 9/26/2012
171. To Sensual Pleasure 9/26/2012
172. Tomb Of Evrion 3/23/2012
173. Tomb Of Iases 1/3/2003
174. Tomb Of Ignatos 3/23/2012
175. Tomb Of Lanis 3/23/2012
176. Tomb Of The Grammarian Lysias 9/26/2012
177. Trojans 1/3/2003
178. Two Young Men, 23 To 24 Years Old 9/26/2012
179. Understanding 1/3/2003
180. Unfaithfulness 9/26/2012
181. Very Seldom 1/3/2003
182. Voices 1/3/2003
183. Waiting For The Barbarians 1/3/2003
184. Walls 1/3/2003
185. When The Watchman Saw The Light 9/26/2012
186. When They Are Roused 4/7/2010
187. When They Come Alive 9/26/2012
188. You Didn'T Understand 9/26/2012
189. Young Men Of Sidon 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

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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