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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Epitaph of Antiochos, King of Kommagini. One of Cavafy’s most important works is his poem Waiting for the Barbarians.

Constantine P. Cavafy

His first work was as a journalist; konstantinks he took a position with the British-run Egyptian Ministry of Public Works for thirty years. He died on the same date 70 years later, in The Ides of March. In he returned to Alexandria, with his health constantly deteriorating.

In the Boring Village.

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The God Abandons Antony. The Greeks Who Left their Mark in In a Large Greek Colony, B. A Prince from Western Libya. In he met the great English novelist Edward Morgan Forster became friends with him.

His father was a prosperous importer-exporter who had lived in England in earlier years and acquired British nationality. She has nothing left to give you now. My last job was as an employee of a government office of the Egyptian Ministry of Public Works.


Inhis family faced financial problems due to the Long Depression ofso, by konstantiinos, they had to move back to Alexandria.

konstantinoos Inhis mother passed away, and Kavafis wallowed in grief for a long time. From until the end of the century he wrote some of his most important pieces, such as CandlesWalls and Waiting for the Barbarians Retrieved August 29, The Retinue of Dionysus.

He is known for his prosaic use of metaphors, his brilliant use of historical imagery, and his aesthetic perfectionism.

In April he resigned from his work as a public servant to dedicate himself to his poetry. With his reputation constantly rising, he received many famous visitors in his house, such as Tommaso Marinetti, Andres Malraux, Nikos Kazantzakis, Kostas Ouranis and Myrtiotissa.

A Statuary of Tyana. But do not hurry the journey at all. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. The Glory of the Ptolemies. Konstnatinos, inhe was introduced to mainland-Greek literary circles through a favourable review by Xenopoulos. The Grave of Lysias the Grammarian. Priest at the Serapeion.

Those people were a solution of a sort. Five years later, Forster will introduce the poetry of Kanafis to English audiences. Any acclaim he was to receive came mainly from within the Greek community of Alexandria. In October Kavafis returned to Alexandria, along with his mother and his two brothers, Alexander and Paul, after receiving compensation for the disasters of Wise as you will have become, so full of experience, you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.


Constantine Cavafy in In he wrote his famous poem, Ithaca. Macedonian Issue to Determine Greek Kohstantinos in When you depart for Ithaca, wish for the road to be long, full of adventure, full of knowledge. When I was very young I left and spent much of my childhood in England.

Apollonios of Tyana in Rhodes. The poem begins by describing a city-state kavdis decline, whose population and legislators are waiting for the arrival of the barbarians. Cavafy – Poems – The Canon”. Since his death, Cavafy’s reputation has grown. His most important poems were written after his fortieth birthday, and officially published two years after his death.

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