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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Earlier this week, the group visited various sites in Alexandria, evoking childhood memories, including the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria, Greek schools and cemeteries, as well as the house of Alexandrian poet Constantine Cavafy. Today, the group travels to Sinai in order to visit Saint Catherine's Monastery, before returning back to Cyprus and Greece on Sunday.
'Alexandria' is a word that is a key, opening up the imagination to a vivid dream that brings the ancient past and the more recent future together: and in that dream parade the Pharos-one of the seven wonders of antiquity-the great library, Alexander the Great, Constantine Cavafy and Lawrence Durrell, to whom the city persists as the Capital of Memory.'
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The biennial's evocative title, Still (The) Barbarians, is drawn from 'Waiting for the Barbarians' (1898) by the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy. Cavafy's poem explores various meanings associated with the term 'barbarians' --especially concerning power and civilisation--which continue to resonate in a contemporary political context.
Bloom's composition From the Drawer, a setting of a poem by Constantine Cavafy (for tenor or soprano, with flute/piccolo, clarinet, bassoon, and horn).
Although that library was destroyed by fire in the 4th century, its embers would inspire the rebuilding of the city to its former glory in the 19th century, giving rise once again to a polyglot, cultured society that included writers such as the poet Constantine Cavafy, the novelist Lawrence Durrell (The Alexandria Quartet) and, now, Yitzhak Gormezano Goren.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The 53rd edition of the International Bursa Festival in the northwestern city of Bursa will open next week with a grand project dedicated to late Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, "The Kavafis Project."
Albert Camus, Constantine Cavafy, and Youssef Chahine all celebrate the Mediterranean as a quintessential ideal of cosmopolitanism.
Picturing Poetry highlights Hockney's printmaking skills, centred around a large group of etchings inspired by the verse of Greek poet Constantine Cavafy.