Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Constantine P. Cavafy Poems

281. Aemilianus Monae, Alexandrian, 628 - 655 A.D. 1/1/2004
282. When They Are Roused 4/7/2010
283. They Should Have Provided 1/3/2003
284. The Bandaged Shoulder 1/3/2003
285. Since Nine O'Clock 1/1/2004
286. Supplication 1/3/2003
287. The Windows 1/3/2003
288. The Satrapy 1/3/2003
289. Priest At The Serapeum 1/3/2003
290. Pictured 1/3/2003
291. In Church 1/3/2003
292. Poseidonians 1/3/2003
293. In 200 B.C. 1/3/2003
294. Nero's Turn 1/3/2003
295. On The Shop 1/3/2003
296. The Ides Of March 4/7/2010
297. Picture Of A 23-Year-Old Youth Painted By His Friend Of The Same Age, An Amature 1/3/2003
298. The Town 1/3/2003
299. The First Step 1/3/2003
300. Hidden 1/3/2003
301. The Grave Of The Grammarian Lysias 1/3/2003
302. Monotony 1/3/2003
303. Very Seldom 1/3/2003
304. He Came To Read 1/3/2003
305. Their Beginning 1/3/2003
306. One Of Their Gods 1/3/2003
307. In The Harbor 1/3/2003
308. I'Ve Brought To Art 1/3/2003
309. Interruption 1/3/2003
310. I Went 1/3/2003
311. Trojans 1/3/2003
312. The Mirror In The Hall 1/3/2003
313. Grey 1/3/2003
314. He Vows 1/3/2003
315. On An Italian Shore 1/3/2003
316. So Much I Gazed 1/3/2003
317. One Night 1/3/2003
318. Voices 1/3/2003
319. Ionian 1/3/2003
320. Return 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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