C F Cavafy Greek poet (1863-1933)

Each of these poems that I’m sharing with you today is quite evocative in there language. From the brevity of life, the restlessness of youth, the pretense that some of us think we need to fit in and finally the pain of dating. These are struggles we have all been through at some point. Human nature doesn’t change despite our attitudes being modified, our lives changing beyond all recognition due to technology and the world around us morphing due to the effects of our industry.

Here is a Greek view on the subject C F Cavafy and here is the Wikipedia article on this gentleman C P Cavafy. It’s good to compare and contrast different viewpoints. It helps to create a more balanced view.

  • This is the second post on my series of famous Greek but mainly Lefkádian poets and authors. Aristotle Valaoritis ,
  • Angelos Sikelianos
  • Lefkadia Hearn
  • George Seferis
  • C G Karyotakis
  • Ioannis (Nanos) Valaoritis
  • Odysseus Elytis
  • Andreas Emberikos
  • Here is a bonus post by Sententiae Ancientae on Sappho.
  • Other series include Greek Authors, Musicians, Famous Greeks, Rural Villages in Lefkás and Foreigners who have become interested and or benefited Greece in some ways. All the links can be found here Series links.

    Do you have a favourite poet and would you like to share with me?

    Best wishes



    11 comments on “C F Cavafy Greek poet (1863-1933)”
    1. huguetta says:

      The first paragraph of the second poem is not clear.
      Thank you for sharing, yes you are right Human nature doesn’t change, these poems are so old and yet feelings are feelings 🙂 I’m not really a poetry person but in high school we used to study french poets and used to love Alphonse de Lamartine and there are also others I guess, forget their names still recall some of their quotes

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      1. It’s talking about the fact that just because you are unsatisfied with where you currently live, it doesn’t mean that you will be satisfied with living elsewhere. You should address what is making you feel uncomfortable as running away from your problems never fixes them. In fact it can make them worse being in unfamiliar territory.

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        1. huguetta says:

          Oh wow great message indeed and very true! Thank you for sharing

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    2. Cavafy is my favourite Greek poet and Half an Hour my favourite Greek Poem. Such a thrill to see it posted. Thank you.

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      1. Thank you for the appreciation and look out for my other lefkadian poet posts.

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        1. What is the connection between Cavafy and Lefkada? I have always associated him with Alexandria in Egypt?

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          1. I’m not sure because the massive poem book I have is in England but Lefkás is known as the poets island and while he is mostly associated with Alexandria and later on I will write about Lawrence Durell too, he probably visited at some point.

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            1. Cool. Looking forward to your Durrell post- his work was enjoyable, funny.

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            2. I have several of his books in the uk and I shall have to bring them with me. I’m currently part way through Bitter Lemons of Cyprus. I prefer them to his brother Gerald and Margaret ‘a book doesn’t seem appealing.
              I remembered the connection between Cavafy and Lefkás. My friend on Lefkás recommended him to me so I read and wrote a post about him. He had a Greek copy of his work where as I have to make do with an English version.

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            3. The Durrells were a talented lot, reminiscent of the Brontes in a way. I think it was Gerald that I read. I’ll have to look into his brother. Bitter Lemons of Cyprus is a good title of a book if you’re heading that way.

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            4. They were and I’ve read some of the Brontes work too.

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