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Author Information: Constantine P. Cavafy

 
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(1863-1933)
Universally regarded as a great twentieth-century poet, Constantine P. Cavafy was a member of the Greek diaspora who was marginally comfortable in several worlds. He lived on three continents, moving among Alexandria, Liverpool, London, and Constantinople, speaking Arabic, English, French, Greek, and Italian. Though most of his poetry is written in Greek, his singular voice resonates well in translation, especially in English, the language of his schooling. A Greek in Egypt, a modern among towering ancients, a homosexual in a straight world, a secular Orthodox Christian among Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims--Cavafy seemed to stand "at a slight angle to the universe," as E. M. Forster suggested. In his lifetime, his work was celebrated by a small coterie of admirers, including Forster, who introduced his work to T. S. Eliot, T. E. Lawrence, and Arnold Toynbee. After his death, when many of his poems were translated, Cavafy became a towering figure of modern letters.

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  • Cavafy fan site :: Contains a number of his poems in both greek and english



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