The Canon: The Original One Hundred and Fifty-Four Poems

The Canon: The Original One Hundred and Fifty-Four Poems

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The Canon: The Original One Hundred and Fifty-Four Poems by C. P. Cavafy

This volume of 154 poems by Constantine Cavafy is the entire body of work by the artist widely considered a master of modern Greek poetry. Published only privately during his lifetime, Cavafy's poems achieved international acclaim when writers such as E. M. Forster, Laurence Durrell, T. S. Eliot, and W. H. Auden brought his work to a worldwide audience.

Cavafy was a poet of Alexandria, the city of his birth and his home throughout his adult life. At the confluence of many histories--Greek, Egyptian, Byzantine, modern European--and many religions, the city provided endless inspiration for his brief, intimate portraits of individuals, historic and contemporary, real and imagined. Homoerotic desire, artistic longing, and a nostalgic fatalism suffuse the subjects he examined and laid bare, without metaphor or simile, in free iambic verse.

Published here in the original Greek, with a new English translation by the noted poet Stratis Haviaris on each facing page, and with a foreword by Seamus Heaney, The Canon is Cavafy, familiar and fresh, seen through new eyes, yet instantly recognized: "the Greek gentleman in a straw hat," as Forster called him, "standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674025868
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Series: Hellenic Studies Series , #27
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 465
Sales rank: 1,349,789
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Constantine Cavafy was a major Greek poet who worked as a journalist and civil servant during his lifetime.

?Stratis Haviaris is Curator of the Poetry and Farnsworth Rooms, Harvard College Library.

Table of Contents


Foreword     vi
Introduction     viii
Translator's Preface     xii
1896-1910
Walls     23
An Old Man     25
The Horses Of Achilles     27
Supplication     29
The Funeral of Sarpedon     31
Candles     35
The First Step     37
The Souls of Old Men     39
Che Fece...Il Gran Rifiuto     41
Intrusion     43
The Windows     45
Thermopylae     47
Perfidy     49
Waiting for the Barbarians     53
Voices     57
Desires     59
Trojans     61
King Demetrios     63
The Cohort of Dionysos     65
Tedium     67
The Footsteps     69
He's the One     71
The City     73
1911
The Satrapy     77
The Ides of March     79
All Ended     81
Sculptor of Tyana     83
The God Abandons Anthony     85
Ionic     87
The Glory of the Ptolemies     89
Ithaka     91
1912
RiskyThings     97
Philhellene     99
Herodes Attikos     101
Alexandrian Kings     103
Return Often     107
In Church     109
1913
Very Seldom     113
As Much As You Can     115
Of the Shop     117
I Went     119
1914
Tomb of Lysias, Grammarian     123
The Tomb of Evrion     125
Chandelier     127
Long Ago     129
1915
Wise Men Sense Things about To Happen     133
Theodotos     135
At the Cafe's Door     137
He Vows     139
One Night     141
Morning Sea     143
Painted     145
Orophernes     147
The Battle of Magnesia     151
Manuel Komnenos     153
The Displeasure of Selefkides     155
1916
When They Rouse     161
Down the Street     163
Before the Statue of Edymion     165
1917
In a Town of Osroine     169
Passage     171
For Ammones, Who Died at 29 in 610 CE     173
One of Their Gods     175
In the Evening     177
Arousal     179
Gray     181
The Tomb of Iases     183
In the Month Athyr     185
So Much Have I Gazed-     187
The Tomb of Ignatios     189
Days of 1903     191
The Tobacconist's Window     193
1918
Caesarion     197
Body, Remember     201
The Tomb of Lanes     203
Significance     205
Nero's Tenure     207
Envoys from Alexandria     209
Aristovoulos     211
In the Harbor     215
Aemilianos Monae, Alexandrian, CE 628-655     217
Since Nine-     219
Outside the House     221
The Next Table     223
1919
Afternoon Sun     227
Comes To Rest     229
Of the Jews (CE 50)     231
Imenos     233
On the Ship     235
Of Demetrios Soter (162-150 BCE)     237
1920
If Indeed Dead     243
Young Men of Sidon (400 CE)     247
For Them To Be Summoned-     249
Dareios     251
Anna Komnene     255
1921
A Byzantine Gentleman, Exiled     259
Their Beginnings     261
The Favor of Alexandros Valas     263
Melancholy of Iason Kleandros     265
Demaratos     267
I've Brought To Art     271
From the School of a Renowned Philosopher     273
Craftsman of Wine Krateres     277
1922
For Those Who Fought for the Achaian League     281
To Antiochos Epiphanes     283
In an Old Book-     285
1923
In Despair     289
Julian Seeing Indifference     291
Epitaph of Antiochos, King of Kommagine     293
Theater of Sidon (400 CE)     295
1924
Julian in Nikomedia     299
Before Time Changed Them     301
He Came To Read-     303
In Alexandria, 31 BCE     305
Ioannes Kantakouzinos Prevails     307
1925
Temethos, Antiochian, CE 400     311
Of Colored Glass     313
The 25th Year of His Life     315
By an Italian Shore     317
In the Dreary Village     319
Apollonios of Tyana in Rhodes     321
1926
Kleitos' illness     325
In a Township of Asia Minor      327
Priest at the Serapeion     329
In the Tavernas     331
A Great Procession of Clerics and Laymen     333
Sophist Leaving Syria     335
Julian and the Antiochians     337
1927
Anna Dalassene     341
Days of 1896     343
Two Young Men, Between 23 and 24     345
Greek Since Ancient Times     349
Days of 1901     351
1928
You Didn't Understand     355
A Young Poet in His 24th Year     357
In Sparta     359
Portrait of a Twenty-three Year Old Made by his Friend     361
In a Great Hellenic Colony, 200 BCE     363
A Sovereign from Western Libya     367
Kimon, Son of Learchos, 22, Student of Greek Letters (in Kyrene)     369
On the March Toward Sinope     373
Days of 1909, '10, and '11     375
1929
Myres; Alexandria, 340 CE     379
Alexandros Iannaios and Alexandra     385
Lovely White Flowers, So Very Becoming     387
Come, O King of the Lacedaemonians     391
In the Same Space     393
1930
The Mirror in the Hallway     397
He Asked about the Quality-      399
They Should Have Thought     403
1931
According To The Formulae of Graeco-Syrian Alchemists     409
In the Year 200 BCE     411
1932
Days of 1908     417
1933?
In the Outskirts of Antioch     423
Plates     427
Endnotes     439
Index of Greek First Lines     449
Index of English First Lines     457
Contributors     465

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