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Download ð The Selected Poems of Cavafy 104 ☆ ❮Download❯ ➽ The Selected Poems of Cavafy ➸ Author Constantinos P. Cavafy – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk The Greek poet C P Cavafy 1863 1933 is one of the most singular and poignant voices of twentieth century European poetry conjuring a rich interior world throughImagined monologues and dramatic retellings of his The Selected eBook #207 native Alexandria's ancient pa. Cavafy never published a volume of poetry in his lifetime instead he chose to publish each poem separately in magazines or small self published pamphlets given to anyone who's interested I think he did that on purpose considering the fact that he was famous enough to publish a full volumehaving to read these poems consecutively slowly becomes tiresome and boring since cavafy follows the exact same themes of greek history and homoeroticism poems that individually are uite wonderful and moving but after a while start all being predictable and all sounding the same non the less through these poems you could tell what kind of person cavafy was and what kind of poet and I definitely liked what I saw he wrote poetry for his own pleasure and happiness he was a rebel and a non conformist although slightly in denial of it despite his very reclusive lifestyle another wonderful thing about his poetry is unlike a lot of greek history themed poetry you dont really have to know the facts to follow the ideas and his style of poetry although revolving around the greek culture was apparently since I've never read greek poetry very Non greek and I could see that he was obviously a modern poetand lastly his attitude towards homosexuality he was born in 1863 and died in 1933 and as you may know thats not the funnest time to have gay sex but he realized what people thought of it what Christianity said of it but just simply dismissed it as bogus published slightly vague poetry about it and just lived on with grace thats pretty amazing I do however think his eroticism was a little too objectifying and did not deal with the emotional aspects and so it lacked the beauty it could have hadbut again it just got really boring to hear the same beautiful thoughts repeated over and over and over but every now and then an unexpected and beautifully written idea pops uphere are some of my favorite poems that you could just read online Voices Prayer The Horses of Achilles Done The God Abandoning Antony Insight Darius A Young Writer In His Twenty Fourth Year In The Same Space personal favorite I've also just read that the beauty of his poetry is almost completely lost in translation and thats super sad to hear

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The Greek Poems of PDF #201 poet C P Cavafyis one of the most singular and poignant voices of twentieth c. Cavafy's writing was shaped by a sense of fatalism and loss he lost his father and a family fortune in his childhood; as an adult he lost ten people he was really close to in twenty years; he found it difficult to adapt to parochialism in Alexandria the necessity of working for a living he worked in a ministry but supplemented his income with gambling and playing the stock market; he had to hide his homosexuality Fascinated by history and literature of ancient Greece and Byzantium in his poetry he built a cyclic endless vision of history happening here and now He distributed his poems to friends telling them every now and them to return them so that he could make the necessary corrections; he published rarely and reluctantly dividing his poems into the canon the repudiated and the hidden A poets' poetThe CityYou said 'I will go to another land; I will try another seaAnother city will turn up better than this oneHere everything I do is condemned in advanceand my heart like a dead man's lies buriedHow long can my mind remain in this swampWherever I turn wherever I look I gazeon the ruins of my life here where I’ve spentand botched and wasted so many years'You will find no new land; you will find no other seasThis city will follow you You will wander the samestreets and grow old in the same neighborhoods;your hair will turn white in the same housesAnd you will always arrive in this city Abandon any hopeof finding another place No ship no road can take you thereFor just as you’ve ruined your life herein this backwater you’ve destroyed it everywhere on earth before 1911 1910translated by Avi SharonCavafy often uses the form of dialogue or dramatic monologue; what strikes me the most in this poem is how it changed between its first version In the Same City and the final one above the speaker's personal plea of the earlier version I hate the people here and they hate me here where I've lived half my life changes into a universal reflection on human fate and the fact that many of us carry a secret which in our view makes it impossible for us to find fulfillmentThe Afternoon SunThis room how well I know itNow they’re renting it and the one next dooras commercial space The whole house is nowoffices for brokers salesmen entire firmsAh this room how familiar it isHere near the door stood the sofaa Turkish carpet just before it;nearby was a shelf with two yellow vases;on the right—no facing it — was an armoire with a mirrorThe desk where he wrote stood in the middlealong with three large wicker chairsBeside the window lay the bedwhere we made love so many timesAll of these poor old furnishings must still exist somewhereBeside the window lay the bed;the afternoon sunlight reached only half way across itThat afternoon at four o’clock we partedjust for a week alas that week became forever 1919translated by Avi SharonAround 1919 Cavafy's erotic poems gained a decidedly homoerotic character – before that he would often write obscuring the lover's sex However convinced he was that his sexual orientation was absolutely normal and however strongly he believed that Later in a perfect society someone else made just like me is certain to appear and act freely he still felt that his society was not ready to accept him as he wasAs Much As You CanIf you cannot fashion your life as you would likeendeavour to do this at leastas much as you can do not trivialize itthrough too much contact with the worldthrough too much activity and chatterDo not trivialize your life by parading itrunning around displaying itin the daily stupidityof cliues and gatheringsuntil it becomes like a tiresome guest 1911translated by Avi SharonPathologically according to his friends shy and withdrawn Cavafy proposes to his readers life far from the frenzied crowd by their own rules untrivialized in the vein of the French proverb „pour vivre heureux vivons cachés”The God Abandoning AntonySuddenly around midnight when you hearan invisible troupe of players passwith exuisite music and solemn voices do not lament in vain your vanishing luck the many deedsundone all of your life plansgone astray no do not lamentEmboldened now and as one long preparedmake your farewell to her the Alexandria that is leavingAbove all do not fool yourself do not sayit was just a dream or that your ears deceived you;do not stoop to such empty hopesEmboldened now and as one long preparedas is fitting for someone like you worthy of such a cityapproach the window steadilyand listen stirred but not to the pointof whining or complaining as cowards doLet that music be your final joythe exuisite instruments of that mysterious troupeand make your farewell to her the Alexandria you are losing 1911translated by Avi SharonThis poem is based on a story related by Plutarch the night before Alexandria was conuered by Octavian Julius Caesar's son Mark Antony heard the voices of a spectral procession praising Dionysus his protective deity leaving the city and interpreted it as a sign that the god was withdrawing his blessing and support One of the many poems by Cavafy on the importance of losing beautifully and sticking to one's rules also when we know we are about to lose Thermopylae” Fun fact Mark Antony commited suicide that very nightIt took me a while to fully appreciate Cavafy and it was only this year when I understood his melancholic charm I find it interesting that though he does not seem to be taught much at a secondary school level my students really seemed to like him and did not find him too depressingNote on the translation I mostly prefer the Edmund KeeleyPhilip Sherrard translation but Avi Sharon's translations of some of the poems are pleasing Waiting for the Barbarians The Afternoon Sun The introduction is nothing to write home about but the historical notes were really usefulTitle image “Desiderium” by Edward Burne Jones 1873 The portrait of Maria Zambaco 1843–1914 CP Cavafy’s cousin the artist and model of the Pre Raphaelites via C P Cavafy twitter

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The Selected Poems of CavafyEntury European poetry conjuring a rich interior world through lyrical evocations of remembered passions. Utterly brilliant book of poems One of the best I have ever read Perhaps the best Many of the poems spoke to me directly especially during the time when I was reading them lockdown because of the coronavirus The themes of isolation nostalgia yearning hit me with great forceOne early poem in this volume ‘The City’ is perhaps my favourite poem by any poet It is one of the few poems I’ve read that made me shiver on first reading Aspirations are often or usually chained to doubts This particular poem is so close to the aspirations and doubts of my own heart that it is exactly adjacent to them “I will go to a new land I will try another sea” The rubric of escape and betterment of happiness elsewhere is the euation that has controlled my entire life In this poem the euation turns out to be erroneous self defeating “You will find no new land you will find no other seas” The unsatisfactory city is one we must inevitably take with us Yet I prefer to regard this poem as a warning and a prompting rather than a prediction or imprecation