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Кавафис, Константинос

Дата рождения: 29. Апрель 1863
Дата смерти: 29. Апрель 1933

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Константинос Кавафис — поэт из Александрии, широко признанный величайшим из всех, писавших на новогреческом языке. При жизни опубликовал 154 стихотворения. Бо́льшая часть стихотворного наследия была создана Кавафисом, когда ему было уже за сорок.

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Цитаты Кавафис, Константинос

„The greatest gods of our glorious Greece
appeared before you.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: The greatest gods of our glorious Greece appeared before you. And if they left, don’t think for a minute that they were frightened by a gesture. Julian at the Mysteries http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=166&cat=4

„Guard, O my soul, against pomp and glory.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Guard, O my soul, against pomp and glory. And if you cannot curb your ambitions, at least pursue them hesitantly, cautiously. And the higher you go, the more searching and careful you need to be. The Ides of March http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=86&cat=1

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„Just to be on the first step
should make you happy and proud.
To have come this far is no small achievement:
what you have done is a glorious thing.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Just to be on the first step should make you happy and proud. To have come this far is no small achievement: what you have done is a glorious thing. Even this first step is a long way above the ordinary world. To stand on this step you must be in your own right a member of the city of ideas. And it is a hard, unusual thing to be enrolled as a citizen of that city. Its councils are full of Legislators no charlatan can fool. The First Step http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=145&cat=1

„That we’ve broken their statues,
that we’ve driven them out of their temples,
doesn’t mean at all that the gods are dead.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: That we’ve broken their statues, that we’ve driven them out of their temples, doesn’t mean at all that the gods are dead. O land of Ionia, they’re still in love with you, their souls still keep your memory. Ionic http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=76&cat=1. Variant translation: Because we have broken up their images, because we have expelled them from their fanes, in no wise are they dead for that — the gods. Land of Ionia, it is you they love still — you whose memories still delight their souls. Poems by C. P. Cavafy as translated by John Cavafy (2003) http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=205&cat=1

„It will be a great relief when a window opens.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: It will be a great relief when a window opens. But the windows are not there to be found — or at least I cannot find them. And perhaps it is better that I don’t find them. Perhaps the light will prove another tyranny. Who knows what new things it will expose? The Windows http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=137&cat=1

„People of Kommagini, let the glory of Antiochos,
the noble king, be celebrated as it deserves.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: People of Kommagini, let the glory of Antiochos, the noble king, be celebrated as it deserves. He was a provident ruler of the country. He was just, wise, courageous. In addition he was that best of all things, Hellenic — mankind has no quality more precious: everything beyond that belongs to the gods. " Epitaph of Antiochos, King of Kommagini http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_115.htm" (1923) <!-- some of the ironies of the poem are lost with only this portion of it … but so it goes...-->

„When they saw Patroklos dead
— so brave and strong, so young —
the horses of Achilles began to weep“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: When they saw Patroklos dead — so brave and strong, so young — the horses of Achilles began to weep; their immortal nature was upset deeply by this work of death they had to look at. The Horses of Achilles http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=134&cat=1

„Things impolitic and dangerous:
praise for Greek ideals,
supernatural magic, visits to pagan temples.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Things impolitic and dangerous: praise for Greek ideals, supernatural magic, visits to pagan temples. Enthusiasm for the ancient gods Julian in Nicomedia http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=106&cat=1

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„Of what’s to come the wise perceive
things about to happen.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Of what’s to come the wise perceive things about to happen. Sometimes during moments of intense study their hearing’s troubled: the hidden sound of things approaching reaches them, and they listen reverently, while in the street outside the people hear nothing whatsoever. But the Wise Perceive Things about to Happen http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=128&cat=1

„The barbarians are due here today.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?The barbarians are due here today. l. 1

„I'm practically broke and homeless.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: I'm practically broke and homeless. This fatal city, Antioch, has devoured all my money: this fatal city with its extravagant life. l. 1

„So let's not exaggerate.
The light is good; and those coming are good,
their words and actions also good.
And let's hope all goes well.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: So let's not exaggerate. The light is good; and those coming are good, their words and actions also good. And let's hope all goes well. But Argos can do without the house of Atreus. Ancient houses are not eternal.

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„Why this sudden bewilderment, this confusion?“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Why this sudden bewilderment, this confusion? (How serious people's faces have become.) Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly, everyone going home lost in thought?Because night has fallen and the barbarians haven't come. And some of our men who have just returned from the border say there are no barbarians any longer.Now what's going to happen to us without barbarians? Those people were a kind of solution. l. 26

„Of course many people will have much to say.
We should listen. But we won't be deceived
by words such as Indispensable, Unique, and Great.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Of course many people will have much to say. We should listen. But we won't be deceived by words such as Indispensable, Unique, and Great. Someone else indispensable and unique and great can always be found at a moment's notice.

„Now what's going to happen to us without barbarians?
Those people were a kind of solution.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Why this sudden bewilderment, this confusion? (How serious people's faces have become.) Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly, everyone going home lost in thought?Because night has fallen and the barbarians haven't come. And some of our men who have just returned from the border say there are no barbarians any longer.Now what's going to happen to us without barbarians? Those people were a kind of solution. l. 26

„The frivolous can call me frivolous.
I’ve always been most punctilious about
important things.“

—  Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: The frivolous can call me frivolous. I’ve always been most punctilious about important things. And I insist that no one knows better than I do the Holy Fathers, or the Scriptures, or the Canons of the Councils. A Byzantine Nobleman in Exile Composing Verses http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=16&cat=1

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