C. P. Cavafy - Collected Poems

ISBN-10: 0691015376

ISBN-13: 9780691015378

Edition: 1993 (Revised)

Authors: C. P. Cavafy, Edmund Keeley, Philip Sherrard, George Savidis

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C. P. Cavafy (1863-1933) lived in relative obscurity in Alexandria, and a collected edition of his poems was not published until after his death. Now, however, he is regarded as the most important figure in twentieth-century Greek poetry, and his poems are considered among the most powerful in modern European literature. Here is an extensively revised edition of the acclaimed translations of Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard, which capture Cavafy's mixture of formal and idiomatic use of language and preserve the immediacy of his frank treatment of homosexual themes, his brilliant re-creation of history, and his astute political ironies. The resetting of the entire edition has permitted the translators to review each poem and to make alterations where appropriate. George Savidis has revised the notes according to his latest edition of the Greek text. About the first edition: "The best [English version] we are likely to see for some time."--James Merrill,The New York Review of Books"[Keeley and Sherrard] have managed the miracle of capturing this elusive, inimitable, unforgettable voice. It is the most haunting voice I know in modern poetry."--Walter Kaiser,The New Republic
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/28/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Constantine Cavafy, one of the most prominent Greek poets, was born on April 29, 1863, in Alexandria, Egypt. After his father's death in 1872, Cavafy was taken to England for five years. After living in Istanbul, Cavafy returned to Alexandria, where he spent the rest of his life. In Alexandria, Cavafy worked as a civil servant. When he was 41, Cavafy's first book was privately published. Five years later the book was reissued with an additional seven poems. Cavafy published no other work in his lifetime. Cavafy died in 1933, on his birthday, at the age of 70.

Translators' Foreword to the Revised Edition
Walls (1896)
An Old Man (1897)
The Horses of Achilles (1897)
Prayer (1898)
The Funeral of Sarpedon (1898)
Candles (1899)
The First Step (1899)
The Souls of Old Men (1901)
Che Fece ... Il Gran Rifiuto (1901)
Interruption (1901)
The Windows (1903)
Thermopylae (1903)
Unfaithfulness (1904)
Waiting for the Barbarians (1904)
Voices (1904)
Longings (1904)
Trojans (1905)
King Dimitrios (1906)
The Retinue of Dionysos (1907)
Monotony (1908)
The Footsteps (1909)
That's the Man (1909)
The City (1910)
The Satrapy (1910)
The Ides of March
Things Ended
Sculptor of Tyana
The God Abandons Antony
The Glory of the Ptolemies
Dangerous Thoughts
Herodis Attikos
Alexandrian Kings
Come Back
In Church
Very Seldom
As Much as You Can
For the Shop
I Went
Tomb of the Grammarian Lysias
Tomb of Evrion
Long Ago
But the Wise Perceive Things About to Happen
At the Cafe Door
He Swears
One Night
Morning Sea
The Battle of Magnesia
Manuel Komninos
The Displeasure of Selefkidis
When They Come Alive
In the Street
Before the Statue of Endymion
In a Town of Osroini
Passing Through
For Ammonis, Who Died at 29, in 610
One of Their Gods
In the Evening
To Sensual Pleasure
Tomb of Iasis
In the Month of Athyr
I've Looked So Much....
Tomb of Ignatios
Days of 1903
The Window of the Tobacco Shop
Body, Remember....
Tomb of Lanis
Nero's Deadline
Envoys from Alexandria
In the Harbor-Town
Aimilianos Monai, Alexandrian, A.D. 628-655
Since Nine O'clock
Outside the House
The Next Table
The Afternoon Sun
Comes to Rest
Of the Jews (A.D. 50)
On Board Ship
Of Dimitrios Sotir (162-150 B.C.)
If Actually Dead
Young Men of Sidon (A.D. 400)
To Call Up the Shades
Anna Komnina
A Byzantine Nobleman in Exile Composing Verses
Their Beginning
The Favor of Alexander Valas
Melancholy of Jason Kleander, Poet in Kommagini, A.D. 595
I've Brought to Art
From the School of the Renowned Philosopher
Craftsman of Wine Bowls
Those Who Fought for the Achaian League
To Antiochos Epiphanis
In an Old Book
In Despair
Julian Seeing Contempt
Epitaph of Antiochos, King of Kommagini
Theatre of Sidon (A.D. 400)
Julian in Nicomedia
Before Time Altered Them
He Had Come There to Read
In Alexandria, 31 B.C.
John Kantakuzinos Triumphs
Temethos, Antiochian, A.D. 400
Of Colored Glass
The Twenty-Fifth Year of His Life
On an Italian Shore
In the Boring Village
Apollonios of Tyana in Rhodes
Kleitos' Illness
In a Township of Asia Minor
Priest at the Serapeion
In the Tavernas
A Great Procession of Priests and Laymen
Sophist Leaving Syria
Julian and the Antiochians
Anna Dalassini
Days of 1896
Two Young Men, 23 to 24 Years Old
Greek from Ancient Times
Days of 1901
You Didn't Understand
A Young Poet in His Twenty-Fourth Year
In Sparta
Picture of a 23-year-old Painted by his Friend of the Same Age, an Amateur
In a Large Greek Colony, 200 B.C.
A Prince from Western Libya
Kimon, Son of Learchos, 22, Student of Greek Literature (In Kyrini)
On the March to Sinopi
Days of 1909, '10, and '11
Myris: Alexandria, A.D. 340
Alexander Jannaios and Alexandra
Lovely White Flowers
Come, O King of the Lacedaimonians
In the Same Space
The Mirror in the Front Hall
He Asked About the Quality
To Have Taken the Trouble
Following the Recipe of Ancient Greco-Syrian Magicians
In the Year 200 B.C.
Days of 1908
Julian at the Mysteries (1896)
King Claudius (1899)
When the Watchman Saw the Light (1900)
Growing in Spirit (1903)
September, 1903 (1904)
December, 1903 (1904)
On the Stairs (1904)
At the Theatre (1904)
Poseidonians (1906)
Antony's Ending (1907)
Hidden Things (1908)
On Hearing of Love (1911)
"The Rest I Will Tell to Those Down in Hades" (1913)
The Photograph (1913)
Going Back Home from Greece (1914)
Exiles (1914)
Theophilos Palaiologos (1914)
And I Lounged and Lay on Their Beds (1915)
Half an Hour (1917)
Simeon (1917)
The Bandaged Shoulder (1919)
On the Outskirts of Antioch (1932-33)
Editor's Introduction to the Notes
Notes to the Poems
Biographical Note
Alphabetical Index of Titles
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