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Since his death almost seventy years ago, C. P. Cavafy has come to be recognized as one of the greatest poets of modern times. Elegiac, deeply sensual, and able to plumb the heart with language of immense richness, Cavafy evokes the great lost classical world of the Mediterranean with unparalleled beauty. Much of his poetry deals with love, specifically homosexual love. It speaks of human passions, the experience common to all mankind of love offered, sought, and lost. His verse is beautiful and embracing, and remains as alive and sensuous as it was when he wrote it.

Theoharis Constantine Theoharis offers a new translation, one that presents Cavafy's work in the thematic order Cavafy wanted it published and emphasizes the tenderness and intensity of the love poems. Gore Vidal's foreword offers an explication of Cavafy's world, a valuable map for readers of what will be embraced as a signal volume of world poetry.

Book News Annotation:

Translated by, and with an introduction and notes by Theoharis Constantine Theoharis. This is the largest collection of verse in English by this famous Greek poet.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1933) was born in Alexandria, Egypt, to Greek parents. He is considered to be the greatest of modern Greek poets.
Theoharis Constantine Theoharis (left) has taught comparative literature at Harvard University since 1985 and is the author of Ibsen's Drama and Joyce's Ulysses. He is the editor of the Boston Book Review.
Gore Vidal is the author of many bestselling novels including Julian, Burr, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln. He lives in Italy.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gore Vidal ix

Introduction: Let All Its Guarded Passion Shine ix

POEMS: 1905-1915

The City 3

The Satrapy 4

The Wise Sense Imminent Events 5

The Ides of March 6

Things Run Out 7

The God Forsakes Antony 8

Theodotos 9

Monotony 10

Ithaca 11

As Long as You Can 13

Trojans 14

King Dimitrios 15

The Glory of the Ptolemies 16

Procession of Dionysus 17

The Battle of Magnesia 18

The Displeasure of Selefkides 19

Orophernis 20

Alexandrian Kings 22

Philhellene 24

The Footsteps 25

Herodis Attikos 26

Tyanan Sculptor 27

Tomb of the Grammarian Lysias 28

Tomb of Evrion 29

That's the Man 30

Dangerous Remarks 31

Manuel Komninos 32

In Church 33

Very Seldom 34

For the Shop 35

Painted 36

Morning Sea 37

Ionian 38

At the Entrance to the Café 39

One Night 40

Return 41

Far Off 42

He Swears 43

I Went 44

Chandelier 45

POEMS: 1916-1918

Since Nine O'Clock 49

Understanding 50

Before the Statue of Endymion 51

Envoys from Alexandria 52

Aristovoulos 53

Kaisarion 55

Nero's Term 56

In the Port 57

One of Their Gods 58

The Tomb of Lanis 59

The Tomb of Iasis 60

In a Town of Osroini 61

The Tomb of Ignatios 62

In the Month of Athyr 63

For Ammonis, Who Died at 29, in 610 64

Aimilianos Monai, Alexandrian, 628-655 a.d. 65

When They Surge,

Excited 66

Pleasure in the Flesh 67

I've Gazed So Long, So Much¾ 68

In the Street 69

The Tobacco Shop Window 70

Passing Through 71

In the Evening 72

Gray 73

Before the House 74

The Next Table 75

Remember, Body . . . 76

Days of 1903 77

POEMS: 1897-1908 Excluded from POEMS: 1905-1915 and POEMS: 1916-1918

Voices 81

Desires 82

Candles 83

An Old Man 84

Prayer 85

The Old Men's Souls 86

The First Step 87

Interruption 88

Thermopylae 89

Che Fece . . . Il Gran Rifiuto 90

The Windows 91

Waiting for the Barbarians 92

Unfaithfulness 94

The Horses of Achilles 96

Walls 97

The Funeral of Sarpedon 98

UNPUBLISHED POEMS: 1919-1932

1919

The Afternoon Sun 103

To Abide 104

Of the Jews (50 a.d.) 105

Imenos 106

From the Ship 107

Of Dimitrios Sotir (162-150 b.c.) 108

1920

If Actually Dead 110

Young Men of Sidon (400 a.d.) 112

That They Might

Appear¾ 113

Dareios 114

Anna Komnina 116

1921

A Byzantine Gentleman, in Exile, Composing Verses 117

Their Origin 118

The Favor of Alexander Valas 119

Melancholy of Jason Kleander; Poet in Kommagini; 595 a.d. 120

Dimaratos 121

I've Brought to Art 123

From the School of the Renowned Philosopher 124

Craftsman of Winebowls 126

1922

Those Who Fought for the Achaian Alliance 127

Before Antiochos Epiphanis 128

In an Old Book 129

1923

Desperation 130

Julian, Seeing Contempt 131

Epitaph of Antiochos, King of Kommagini 132

Theater of Sidon (400 a.d.) 133

1924

Julian in Nicomedia 134

Before Time Could Change Them 135

He Came to Read¾ 136

31 b.c. in Alexandria 137

John Kantakuzinos Triumphs 138

1925

Temethos, Antiochian; 400 a.d. 139

Of Colored Glass 140

The 25th Year of His Life 141

On an Italian Shore 142

In the Dull and Gloomy Village 143

Apollonios of Tyana in Rhodes 144

1926

The Illness of Kleitos 145

In a Township of Asia Minor 146

Priest at the Serapeion 147

In the Wineshops¾ 148

A Grand Procession of Priests and Laymen 149

Sophist Departing from Syria 150

Julian and the Antiochians 151

1927

Anna Dalassini 152

Days of 1896 153

Two Young Men, 23 to 24 Years Old 154

Greek from Ancient Times 156

Days of 1901 157

1928

You Didn't Understand 158

A Young Man, a Writer¾in His 24th Year 159

In Sparta 160

Picture of a Young Man, Twenty-three, Done by His Friend of the Same Age, an Amateur 161

In a Large Greek Colony, 200 b.c. 162

A Prince from Western Libya 164

Kimon, Son of Learchos, Age 22, Student of Greek Literature (in Kyrini) 165

On the March to Sinopi 166

Days of 1909, '10 and '11 167

1929

Myris: Alexandria, 340 a.d. 168

Alexandros Iannaios, and Alexandra 171

Flowers White and Beautiful, as Were Most Becoming 172

Come, O King of the Lacedaimonians 173

In the Same Space 174

1930

The Mirror in the Vestibule 175

He Asked about the Quality 176

They Might Have Bothered 178

1931

Following the Formulas of Ancient Greco-Syrian Magicians 180

In the Year 200 b.c. 181

1932

Days of 1908 183

ONE EXTRA

1933

In the Districts Surrounding Antioch 185

Hidden Poems: 1884-1923

1884

Beizades to His Beloved 189

Dünya Güzeli 190

1885

When, My Friends, I Was in Love 191

Nichori 193

1886

Epic in the Heart 194

Stephanos Skilitsis 195

1891

Correspondence According to Baudelaire 196

1892

[Fragments of an untitled poem] 198

"Nous n'osons plus chanter les roses" 199

Indian Image 200

Pelasgian Image 201

The Hereafter 203

The Mimiambi of Herodas 204

Blue Eyes 206

1893

The Four Walls of My Room 207

Alexandrian Merchant 208

The Hospitality of Lagides 209

In the Cemetery 210

Priam's Speeding Forth at Night 211

Epitaph 213

A Displeased Viewer 214

To Jerusalem 215

1894

A Second Odyssey 217

One Who Has Failed 219

The Pawn 220

Terror 221

In the House of the Soul 222

Rain 223

1895

La Jeunesse blanche 225

Distinguishing Marks 226

Eternity 227

1896

Confusion 228

Salome 229

Chaldaic Image 230

Julian at the Mysteries 231

1897

The Cat 232

The Bank of the Future 233

What Cannot Be 234

Addition 235

Bouquets 236

1898

Lohengrin 237

Suspicion 238

1899

Death of a General 239

The Intervention of the Gods 240

King Claudius 241

The Naval Battle 244

1900

When the Watchman Saw the Light 245

The Enemies 246

1903

Artificial Flowers 247

Becoming Stronger 248

1904

September 1903 249

December 1903 250

January 1904 251

On the Stairs 252

At the Theater 253

1906

Poseidonians 254

1907

The End of Antony 255

1908

June 27, 1906, 2 p.m. 256

Hidden Things 257

1911

On Hearing of Love 258

1913

"The Rest I Will Tell to Those Below in Hades" 259

So 260

1914

Return from Greece 261

Exiles 262

Theophilos Palaiologos 263

1915

And I Reclined and Lay on their Beds 264

1917

Half an Hour 265

House with a Garden 266

A Great Feast at the Home of Sosibios 267

Simeon 268

1919

The Bandaged Shoulder 269

1920

Coins 270

1921

Taken 271

1923

From the Drawer 272

Prose Poems from Hidden Poems 1894-1897

The Regiment of Pleasure 273

1895-1896

The Ships 274

1894-1897

Garments 277

Rejected Poems: 1886-1898

1886

Bacchic 281

The Poet and the Muse 282

1891

Builders 284

1892

Word and Silence 285

Sham el Nesim 286

Singer 288

1893

Vulnerant Omnes, Ultima Necat 289

Good and Bad Weather 290

1894

Timolaos the Syracusan 291

Athena's Vote 293

The Inkwell 295

Sweet Voices 296

1895

Elegy of the Flowers 297

Melancholy Hours 298

1896

Oedipus 299

Ode and Elegy of the

Roads 300

By an Open Window 301

A Love 302

Memory 305

1897

The Death of the Emperor Tacitus 306

The Footsteps of the

Eumenides 307

The Tears of the Sisters of Phaeton 308

Ancient Tragedy 310

Horace in Athens 312

1898

The Tarantians Divert Themselves 313

The Funeral of Sarpedon 314

Voice from the Sea 316

Notes 319

Publication

Acknowledgments 353 ix

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151005192
Subtitle:
The Complete Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy
Translator:
Theoharis, Theoharis Constantine
Translator:
Theoharis, Theoharis Constantine
Author:
Theoharis, Theoharis Constantine
Author:
Cavafy, Constantine P.
Author:
Vidal, Gore
Foreword:
Vidal, Gore
Author:
Theoharis, Theoharis C.
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
European - General
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Subject:
Cavafy, Constantine
Subject:
General Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
1510
Publication Date:
20010403
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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