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C.P. Cavafy is one of the best of the Greek poets, including Yannis Ritsos, George Seferis, Odysseus Elytis, and Angels Sikelianos. The complete poems of Constantin Cavafy (1873-1933), a Greek poet who lived most of his life in Alexandria, Egypt as a government clerk and who was unpublished during his lifetime but is now considered one of the major poets of the past century.
If you are a poet, you especially need to read his work and enjoy a style that has translated well in the edition showing on this page. Translator Rae Dalven has done a great job. And the introduction by W.H. Auden is rare work as well. The translation is far superior to the Keeley/Sherrard and the Theoharis translations, although Keeley, etc did a superior job on Seferis, whom I will review soon.
This poet’s work is truly timeless, touching, and in its simplicity astounding. A comparable work today in prose alone would be the thoroughly enjoyable work of Elmore Leonard.
These poems will make their way into your mind and remain there, the language flowing and the sensibility in many instances shared.
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