What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. Why isn’t anything happening in the senate? Why do the senators sit there . Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis. Kavafis () is one of the better known Greek poets of the 20th century. Born of Greek parents in Alexandria, Egypt, in Konstantinos Wikipedia Wikiquote. Date of birth, 29 April , Alexandria.

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Views Read Edit View history. Craftsman of Wine Bowls. The first book of konstanginos poems was published intwo years after his death. The poem “Thermopylae” reminds us of the famous battle of Thermopylae where the Spartans and their allies fought against the greater numbers of Persians, although they knew that they would be defeated. The poem begins by describing a city-state in decline, whose population and legislators are waiting for the arrival of the barbarians.

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Two Young Men, 23 to 24 Years Old. One of their Gods. Arriving there is what you are destined for. Sea of the Morning. Uncertainty about the future, sensual pleasures, the moral character and psychology of individuals, homosexualityand a fatalistic existential nostalgia are some of the defining themes.

The Displeasure of Selefkidis. During his stay in Constantinople, he made the first systematic efforts to write poetry. The Souls of Old People.

Before Time Altered Them. Before the Statue of Endymion. His first poem in his archives seems to have been written in This was the year when a revolt broke out in Alexandria against the Anglo-French kxvfis of Egypt, thus precipitating the Anglo-Egyptian War.


Forster knew him personally and wrote a memoir of him, contained in his book Alexandria. The Grave of Ignatius. In he began to suffer from larynx problems and doctors diagnosed cancer.

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I visited this country after a long time but stayed for a short while. She has nothing left to give you now. Theatre of Sidon A. Retrieved 28 January Cavafy wrote poems, while dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. It was only twenty years later, after the Greek defeat in the Greco-Turkish Warthat a new generation of almost nihilist poets e. His poems are, typically, concise but intimate evocations of real or literary figures and milieux that have played roles in Greek culture.

We stay there fighting although we know that there is the potential for failure. These attributes, amongst others, have assured him an enduring place in the literary pantheon of the Western World. It Has Come to Rest.

Those people were a solution of a sort. The Greeks Who Left their Mark in His first work was as a journalist; then he took a position with the British-run Egyptian Ministry of Public Works for thirty years.

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When They Come Alive. Cavafy drew his themes from personal experience, along with a kavgis and wide knowledge of history, especially of the Hellenistic era.

Retrieved August 29, For Ammonis, Who Died at 29, in Instead, he preferred to give them to newspapers and magazines to publish, or handwrote them and gave them away to anyone who was interested. Without her you would not have set out.


Young Men of Sidon A. The Grave of Lysias the Grammarian. In October Kavafis returned to Alexandria, along with his mother and his two brothers, Alexander and Paul, after receiving compensation for the disasters of In the Boring Village.

May there be many a summer morning when, kavfls what pleasure, kkonstantinos joy, you come into harbors seen for the first time; may you stop at Phoenician trading stations to buy fine things, mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony, sensual perfume of every kind— as many sensual perfumes as you can; and may you visit many Egyptian cities to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

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Since his death, Cavafy’s reputation has grown. From until the end of the century he wrote some of his most important pieces, such as CandlesWalls and Waiting for the Barbarians In a Town of Osroini.

On an Italian Shore.

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