The Collected Poems: with parallel Greek text (Oxford by C.P. Cavafy
By C.P. Cavafy
"A Greek gentleman in a straw hat, status totally immobile at a moderate perspective to the universe." E. M. Forster's recognized description of C. P. Cavafy--the most generally recognized and top enjoyed glossy Greek poet--perfectly captures the original standpoint Cavafy delivered to undergo on heritage and geography, sexuality and language. Cavafy wrote approximately humans at the outer edge, whose spiritual, ethnic and cultural identities are blurred, and he was once one of many pioneers in expressing a in particular gay sensibility. His poems current short and shiny evocations of old scenes and sensual moments, usually infused along with his targeted feel of irony. they've got confirmed him as essentially the most vital poets of the 20th century. the single bilingual version of Cavafy's accrued poems presently on hand, this quantity offers the main genuine Greek textual content of each poem he ever released, including a brand new English translation that fantastically conveys the accessory and rhythm of Cavafy's person tone of voice. additionally, the quantity comprises an in depth creation through Peter Mackridge, explanatory notes that gloss Greek historic names and occasions alluded to within the poems, a chronological record of the poems, and indexes of Greek and English titles.
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P. Savidis's standard edition. From then on his popularity and reputation among Greeks were assured. Cavafy's personality and poetic work were first brought to the attention of the English-speaking world by E. M. Forster in his book about Alexandria, Pharos and Pharillon, published in 1923, which contains an essay on Cavafy and some of the earliest English translations of his poetry. The first complete translation of the Cavafy canon, by John Mavrogordato, appeared in 1951, and it was followed in the next few years by the translation by Rae Dalven (1961) and that by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard (1975).
5 CANDLES The days to come are standing right before us, like a row of little lighted candles— golden, warm, and lively little candles. The bygone days are left behind, a dismal row of burned-out candles; those that are nearest smoking still, cold candles, melted and bent. 5 4 IO 5 10 15 POEMS 1 9 1 0 I don't want to see them; their sight saddens me, and it saddens me to recall their former glow. I look ahead at my still lighted candles. 5 10 I don't want to turn around, lest I see and shudder how fast the darksome line grows longer, how fast the burned-out candles multiply.
1963' in printers' colophon, but this is a recent reprint]); includes Cavafy's English journal of his first visit to Greece in 1901 (see pp. —ig$i) (see below). —ig$i) [Prose Works], ed. Michales Pieres (Athens: Ikaros, 2003); includes the following prose texts in English: 'Give back the Elgin Marbles', 'What I Remember of my Essay on Christopulus', '[Fragment on Lycanthropy]', 'Woman and the Ancients [unfinished]', '[Fragment on Beliefs Concerning the Soul]', 'Misplaced Tenderness', SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY xliii 'Romaic Folk-lore of Enchanted Animals', 'Persian Manners', 'Masks', and '[Philosophical Scrutiny]' (see pp.