Constantine P. Cavafy: Poems in English

Posted: 10/12/2020 by vequinox in Literature


Konstantinoupolis (1863 – 1933)
The English versions of Cavafy’s poems are taken from
Constantine P. Cavafy – Poems by Manolis
(Libros Libertad, Surrey 2008).

View ‘Constantine P. Cavafy: Biographical Note’
View these poems in Greek original

1. Voices
2. Candles
3. Thermopylae
4. Waiting For The Barbarians
5. The City
6. Ithaca
7. As Much As You Can
Translator’s Note


Ideal and beloved voices
of the dead or those who
for us are lost like the dead.

At times they talk in our dreams;
at times our minds hear them when in thought.

And with their sound, for a moment, echoes
return from the first poetry of our lives—
like distant music, at night, that slowly fades away.


The days of the future stand in front of us
like a line of lit candles—
golden, warm, and lively little candles.

The days of the past remain behind,

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