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C. P. Cavafy: Selected Poems

Selected PoemsSelected Poems by Constantinos P. Cavafy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"I have gazed so much on beauty
that my eyes overflow with it."

I enjoyed Cavafy far more than I anticipated, and I expected to like him.

This book is organized chronologically, and I admired the early poems the best. Almost every one of the early ones I marked or annotated in some way for a great phrase, image, or impactful totality.

All of the poems are well-executed and fall along a couple of themes--glorying in the long, rich history of the Greeks and celebrating male beauty. Of course I delighted in the latter poems. Sub-themes include aging and memory and the contrast between Christian and pagan in Greek culture.

I believe this is a volume I will return to and cherish.

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