Constantine Cavafy

Cavafy, Constantine

(kävä`fē), pseud. of

Konstantínos Pétrou Kaváfis

(kôn'stäntē`nôs pā`tro͞o kävä`fēs), 1863–1933, Greek poet. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, he spent most of his life there, but lived for about five years in England. Although he published little, only about 150 poems, he is regarded as one of the foremost modern Greek poets and one of the finest poets of the 20th cent. Cavafy is particularly noted for the rueful, elegiac, and yet utterly unsentimental tone of his verse. In it, he mingles vernacular and literary language, skillfully combining the exalted with the mundane. Skeptical and nonconformist, he was critical of Christian and nationalistic morality and was one of the first to write openly about homosexual love. He also was obsessed with the ancient Greek and Byzantine past, and that history (and characters from it) frequently appear in his poetry. Among his best-known poems are "The City," "Waiting for the Barbarians," and "The God Abandons Antony." Cavafy was introduced to an English readership in 1919 by E. M. ForsterForster, E. M.
(Edward Morgan Forster), 1879–1970, English author, one of the most important British novelists of the 20th cent. After graduating from Cambridge, Forster lived in Italy and Greece. During World War I he served with the International Red Cross in Egypt.
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, and has since become a favorite of English-language poets. His Collected Poems have been published in a number of English translations.


See translations by R. Dalven (1961), E. Keeley and P. Sherrard (1975, rev. bilingual ed. 2009), and D. Mendelsohn (2009); memoir and translations by M. Kolaitis (1980); biography by R. Liddell (1974, repr. 2002); studies by K. Kapre-Karka (1982), G. Jusdanis (1987), and J. P. Anton (1995).

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She received several awards for her work, such as the Constantine Cavafy Prize for Literature in 2007.
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Constantine Cavafy, who lived most of his life there, might just have been able to imagine his poems being translated by a Greek American poet and scholar from Montana.
Cavafy (1863-1933) worldwide, the Greek Embassy of Greece in Cairo organised a special dinner, with all the dishes being those that were cooked many years ago by the mother of Greek iconic poet Constantine Cavafy.
Alexandria was where any Arab with any serious claim to literacy, and where the Egyptian-born Greek poet Constantine Cavafy and the Indian born novelist Lawrence Durrell, lived, wrote and thrived.
Part one is titled "Eastern Christianity" and contains essays on Dostoevsky and Russian Orthodoxy, Constantine Cavafy and Greek Orthodoxy, and the contemporary American poet Scott Cairns, who is a convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
As a gay poet himself, Corn's exclusion of Whitman in favor of Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Constantine Cavafy would surely entail a thought-provoking disclaimer that I could hardly wait to read.
Her 2003 book Anna's Egypt offered a personal tour via text and artwork through the neighborhoods of that city, with briefer forays into Alexandria, home of the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy (a longtime inspiration) and other parts of the country.
Peter Jeffreys discusses Swinburne's influence on the Greek-Egyptian poet Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) in "'Aesthetic to the point of affliction': Cavafy and English Aestheticism" (Journal of Modern Greek Studies 24, no.
In a different way, so too was narrator Vanessa Redgrave, who declaimed the words of Greek poet Constantine Cavafy with all due seriousness and a welcome avoidance of theatricality.