Constantine P. Cavafy

Image

How strange to die the same day that you have born.

This is the case of the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy who was born in Alexandria in 29 of April 1863 and died the same day of April after 70years.

He wrote Ithaca and Waiting for the Barbarians but another one of his poems that I like a lot is this one:

I’ve looked on beauty so much

that my vision overflows with it.

 The body’s lines. Red lips. Sensual limbs.

Hair as though stolen from Greek statues,

always lovely, even uncombed,

and falling slightly over pale foreheads.

Figures of love, as my poetry desired them

…in the nights when I was young,

encountered secretly in those nights.

Image

(drawing: David Hockney )

Advertisements

One thought on “Constantine P. Cavafy

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s