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C. P. Cavafy: Collected Poems (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation)

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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.

This revised bilingual edition of Collected Poems offers the reader the original Greek texts facing what are now recognized as the standard English translations of Cavafy's poetry. It is this translation that best captures the poet's mixture of formal and idiomatic language and that preserves the immediacy of his increasingly frank treatment of homosexual eroticism, his brilliant re-creation of history, and his astute political ironies. This new bilingual edition also features the notes of editor George Savidis and a new foreword by Robert Pinsky.

Synopsis:

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.

This revised bilingual edition of Collected Poems offers the reader the original Greek texts facing what are now recognized as the standard English translations of Cavafy's poetry. It is this translation that best captures the poet's mixture of formal and idiomatic language and that preserves the immediacy of his increasingly frank treatment of homosexual eroticism, his brilliant re-creation of history, and his astute political ironies. This new bilingual edition also features the notes of editor George Savidis and a new foreword by Robert Pinsky.

Synopsis:

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.

This revised bilingual edition of Collected Poems offers the reader the original Greek texts facing what are now recognized as the standard English translations of Cavafy's poetry. It is this translation that best captures the poet's mixture of formal and idiomatic language and that preserves the immediacy of his increasingly frank treatment of homosexual eroticism, his brilliant re-creation of history, and his astute political ironies. This new bilingual edition also features the notes of editor George Savidis and a new foreword by Robert Pinsky.

About the Author

Edmund Keeley is Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English, emeritus, and professor of creative writing, emeritus, at Princeton University. Philip Sherrard (1922-1995) was research fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and lecturer in the history of the Orthodox Church at King's College, London. George Savidis (1929-1995) was professor of modern Greek at the University of Thessaloniki and George Seferis Visiting Professor at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Bilingual Edition xv

Translators' Note to the 1992 Revised Edition xxiii

"PUBLISHED POEMS"

Before 1911

WALLS (1896) 3

AN OLD MAN (1897) 5

THE HORSES OF ACHILLES (1897) 7

PRAYER (1898) 9

THE FUNERAL OF SARPEDON (1898) 11

CANDLES (1899) 15

THE FIRST STEP (1899) 17

THE SOULS OF OLD MEN (1901) 19

CHE FECE . . . IL GRAN RIFIUTO (1901) 21

INTERRUPTION (1901) 23

THE WINDOWS (1903) 25

THERMOPYLAE (1903) 27

UNFAITHFULNESS (1904) 29

WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS (1904) 31

VOICES (1904) 35

LONGINGS (1904) 37

TROJANS (1905) 39

KING DIMITRIOS (1906) 41

THE RETINUE OF DIONYSOS (1907) 43

MONOTONY (1908) 45

THE FOOTSTEPS (1909) 47

THAT'S THE MAN (1909) 49

THE CITY (1910) 51

THE SATRAPY (1910) 53

1911

THE IDES OF MARCH 55

THINGS ENDED 57

SCULPTOR OF TYANA 59

THE GOD ABANDONS ANTONY 61

IONIC 63

THE GLORY OF THE PTOLEMIES 65

ITHAKA 67

DANGEROUS THOUGHTS 71

1912

PHILHELLENE 73

HERODIS ATTIKOS 75

ALEXANDRIAN KINGS 77

COME BACK 79

IN CHURCH 81

1913

VERY SELDOM 83

AS MUCH AS YOU CAN 85

FOR THE SHOP 87

I WENT 89

1914

TOMB OF THE GRAMMARIAN LYSIAS 91

TOMB OF EVRION 93

CHANDELIER 95

LONG AGO 97

1915

BUT THE WISE PERCEIVE THINGS ABOUT TO HAPPEN 99

THEODOTOS 101

AT THE CAFE DOOR 103

HE SWEARS 105

ONE NIGHT 107

MORNING SEA 109

PICTURED 111

OROPHERNIS 113

THE BATTLE OF MAGNESIA 117

MANUEL KOMNINOS 119

THE DISPLEASURE OF SELEFKIDIS 121

1916

WHEN THEY COME ALIVE 123

IN THE STREET 125

BEFORE THE STATUE OF ENDYMION 127

1917

IN A TOWN OF OSROINI 129

PASSING THROUGH 131

FOR AMMONIS, WHO DIED AT 29, IN 610 133

ONE OF THEIR GODS 135

IN THE EVENING 137

TO SENSUAL PLEASURE 139

GRAY 141

TOMB OF IASIS 143

IN THE MONTH OF ATHYR 145

I'VE LOOKED SO MUCH. . . . 147

TOMB OF IGNATIOS 149

DAYS OF 1903 151

THE WINDOW OF THE TOBACCO SHOP 153

1918

KAISARION 155

BODY, REMEMBER. . . . 157

TOMB OF LANIS 159

UNDERSTANDING 161

NERO'S DEADLINE 163

ENVOYS FROM ALEXANDRIA 165

ARISTOVOULOS 167

IN THE HARBOR-TOWN 171

AIMILIANOS MONAI, ALEXANDRIAN, A.D. 628-655 173

SINCE NINE O'CLOCK 175

OUTSIDE THE HOUSE 177

THE NEXT TABLE 179

1919

THE AFTERNOON SUN 181

COMES TO REST 183

OF THE JEWS (A.D. 50) 185

IMENOS 187

ON BOARD SHIP 189

OF DIMITRIOS SOTIR (162-150 B.C.) 191

1920

IF ACTUALLY DEAD 195

YOUNG MEN OF SIDON (A.D. 400) 197

TO CALL UP THE SHADES 199

DAREIOS 201

ANNA KOMNINA 205

1921

A BYZANTINE NOBLEMAN IN EXILE COMPOSING VERSES 207

THEIR BEGINNING 209

THE FAVOR OF ALEXANDER VALAS 211

MELANCHOLY OF JASON KLEANDER, POET IN KOMMAGINI, A.D. 595 213

DIMARATOS 215

I'VE BROUGHT TO ART 219

FROM THE SCHOOL OF THE RENOWNED PHILOSOPHER 221

CRAFTSMAN OF WINE BOWLS 225

1922

THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR THE ACHAIAN LEAGUE 227

TO ANTIOCHOS EPIPHANIS 229

IN AN OLD BOOK 231

1923

IN DESPAIR 233

JULIAN SEEING CONTEMPT 235

EPITAPH OF ANTIOCHOS, KING OF KOMMAGINI 237

THEATRE OF SIDON (A.D. 400) 239

1924

JULIAN IN NICOMEDIA 241

BEFORE TIME ALTERED THEM 243

HE HAD COME THERE TO READ 245

IN ALEXANDRIA, 31 B.C. 247

JOHN KANTAKUZINOS TRIUMPHS 249

1925

TEMETHOS, ANTIOCHIAN, A.D. 400 251

OF COLORED GLASS 253

THE TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR OF HIS LIFE 255

ON AN ITALIAN SHORE 257

IN THE BORING VILLAGE 259

APOLLONIOS OF TYANA IN RHODES 261

1926

KLEITOS' ILLNESS 263

IN A TOWNSHIP OF ASIA MINOR 265

PRIEST AT THE SERAPEION 267

IN THE TAVERNAS 269

A GREAT PROCESSION OF PRIESTS AND LAYMEN 271

SOPHIST LEAVING SYRIA 273

JULIAN AND THE ANTIOCHIANS 275

1927

ANNA DALASSINI 277

DAYS OF 1896 279

TWO YOUNG MEN, 23 TO 24 YEARS OLD 281

GREEK FROM ANCIENT TIMES 283

DAYS OF 1901 285

1928

YOU DIDN'T UNDERSTAND 287

A YOUNG POET IN HIS TWENTY-FOURTH YEAR 289

IN SPARTA 291

PICTURE OF A 23-YEAR-OLD PAINTED BY HIS FRIEND OF THE SAME AGE, AN AMATEUR 293

IN A LARGE GREEK COLONY, 200 B.C. 295

A PRINCE FROM WESTERN LIBYA 299

KIMON, SON OF LEARCHOS, 22, STUDENT OF GREEK LITERATURE (IN KYRINI) 301

ON THE MARCH TO SINOPI 303

DAYS OF 1909,'10, AND'11 305

1929

MYRIS: ALEXANDRIA, A.D. 340 307

ALEXANDER JANNAIOS AND ALEXANDRA 311

LOVELY WHITE FLOWERS 313

COME, O KING OF THE LACEDAIMONIANS 315

IN THE SAME SPACE 317

1930

THE MIRROR IN THE FRONT HALL 319

HE ASKED ABOUT THE QUALITY 321

TO HAVE TAKEN THE TROUBLE 323

1931

FOLLOWING THE RECIPE OF ANCIENT GRECO-SYRIAN MAGICIANS 327

IN THE YEAR 200 B.C. 329

1932

DAYS OF 1908 333

"UNPUBLISHED POEMS"

JULIAN AT THE MYSTERIES (1896) 337

KING CLAUDIUS (1899) 339

WHEN THE WATCHMAN SAW THE LIGHT (1900) 345

GROWING IN SPIRIT (1903) 347

SEPTEMBER, 1903 (1904) 349

DECEMBER, 1903 (1904) 351

ON THE STAIRS (1904) 353

AT THE THEATRE (1904) 355

POSEIDONIANS (1906) 357

ANTONY'S ENDING (1907) 359

HIDDEN THINGS (1908) 361

ON HEARING OF LOVE (1911) 363

"THE REST I WILL TELL TO THOSE DOWN IN HADES" (1913) 365

THE PHOTOGRAPH (1913) 367

GOING BACK HOME FROM GREECE (1914) 369

EXILES (1914) 371

THEOPHILOS PALAIOLOGOS (1914) 373

AND I LOUNGED AND LAY ON THEIR BEDS (1915) 375

HALF AN HOUR (1917) 377

SIMEON (1917) 379

THE BANDAGED SHOULDER (1919) 381

ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ANTIOCH (1932-3) 383

Editor's Introduction to the Notes 387

Appendix 393

Notes to the Poems 395

Biographical Note 453

Alphabetical Index of Titles 459

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691141244
Author:
Cavafy, C. P.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Translator:
Keeley, Edmund
Translator:
Sherrard, Philip
Editor:
Savidis, George
Author:
Sherrard, Philip
Author:
Pinsky, Robert
Author:
Savidis, George
Author:
Keeley, Edmund
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Subject:
Literature: Primary Works and Letters
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation
Publication Date:
October 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 24 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

This revised bilingual edition of Collected Poems offers the reader the original Greek texts facing what are now recognized as the standard English translations of Cavafy's poetry. It is this translation that best captures the poet's mixture of formal and idiomatic language and that preserves the immediacy of his increasingly frank treatment of homosexual eroticism, his brilliant re-creation of history, and his astute political ironies. This new bilingual edition also features the notes of editor George Savidis and a new foreword by Robert Pinsky.

"Synopsis" by , 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.

This revised bilingual edition of Collected Poems offers the reader the original Greek texts facing what are now recognized as the standard English translations of Cavafy's poetry. It is this translation that best captures the poet's mixture of formal and idiomatic language and that preserves the immediacy of his increasingly frank treatment of homosexual eroticism, his brilliant re-creation of history, and his astute political ironies. This new bilingual edition also features the notes of editor George Savidis and a new foreword by Robert Pinsky.

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