The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy

The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy : A New Translation

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C. P. Cavafy (1863-1933) has written some of the most powerful poems in history. His work uncannily translates history, the record of the many, into an individual personal document. Though Cavafy is wickedly satirical, many of his poems are located in a landscape of intimacy. Drawing on the spectrum of ancient Greek poetic tradition, his poetry is still internal, whether his speaker is a spoiled rich boy who plans to enter politics or a poor, ostracized, pure and beautiful young man destroyed by poverty and priggish social mores. In these glimmering and lyrical translations, with an introduction and scholarly endnotes cowritten with Willis Barnstone, Aliki Barnstone has been faithful to the original Greek, capturing both Cavafy's song and his vernacular in ways neglected in previous translations. Paying close attention to tone and diction, she has employed her well-tuned poet's ear, making Cavafy's verse breathe new music in English.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 137.2 x 205.7 x 22.9mm | 317.52g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English, Greek, Modern (1453-)
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0393328996
  • 9780393328998
  • 769,591

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"How to capture a mind that roams both the Alexandrian streets outside his door and the god-haunted alleys of the Panhellenic past? I would venture to say that only a gifted poet could accomplish that task, and in Aliki Barnstone we have found that poet." -- Sherod Santos "Cavafy's simplicity, learning, pleasure in sex, tranquility in exile, have healed our anguish for over a century... Cavafy's deeply cultured melancholy and praise of learning and the body flow unimpeded in Barnstone's translations." -- Andrei Codrescu

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About C. P. Cavafy

Aliki Barnstone's translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. An editor and critic, she lives in Las Vegas and teaches at UNLV.

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