What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. Why isn’t anything happening in the senate? Why do the senators sit there . Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis. Kavafis () is one of the better known Greek poets of the 20th century. Born of Greek parents in Alexandria, Egypt, in Konstantinos Wikipedia Wikiquote. Date of birth, 29 April , Alexandria.

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Konstantinos Kavafis — or Constantine Peter Cavafy as he was internationally known — was born in Alexandria, Egypt on April 29,the last of nine children of wealthy merchant Petros-Ioannou Kavafis. He died on the same date 70 years later, in When I was very young I left and spent much konstajtinos my childhood in England.

I visited this country after a long time but stayed for a short while.

I lived in France too. In my teenage years, I lived for over two years in Constantinople. I had not visited Greece for many years.

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My last job was as an employee of a government office of the Egyptian Ministry of Public Works. I speak English, French, and a little Italian.

Kavafis never published his poems in book form. Instead, he preferred to give them to newspapers and magazines to publish, or handwrote them and gave them away to anyone who was interested. He wrote poems and dozens of sketches and left behind numerous unfinished pieces.

The first book of his poems was published intwo years after his death. Kavafis lost his father at the age of seven, the death forcing his mother Harikleia to take the family and move to London and then to Liverpool.


Konstantinoss young Konstantinos learned English and cultivated an interest in literature. Financial problems forced the family to move again inthis time back to Alexandria. In the nationalist konsttantinos in Egypt made the Kavafis family relocate to Constantinople this time. During his stay in Constantinople, he made the first systematic efforts to write poetry. His first poem in his archives seems to have been written in In October Kavafis returned to Alexandria, along with his mother and his two brothers, Alexander and Paul, after receiving compensation for the disasters of One of his first decisions was to acquire Greek citizenship.

He begins to kavfos first as a journalist and then as a broker on kxvfis Cotton Stock Exchange. In he was initially recruited as an unpaid secretary to the Irrigation Service and from as a salaried employee, a post in which he would remain untilreaching the rank of Deputy Mayor. InKavafis saw his first remarkable poem Builders published. From until the end of the century he wrote some of his most important pieces, such as CandlesKomstantinos and Waiting for the Barbarians Inhis mother passed away, and Kavafis wallowed in grief for a long time.

In he traveled to Greece for the first time and it was in Athens where he met his colleagues Grigorios Xenopoulos and Ioannis Polemis. In a letter he wrote upon arriving in Athens, he said he felt like a Muslim pilgrim who goes to Mecca.

The next year he visited Athens again, and on Nov. In DecemberKavafis settled in the house on 10 Lepsius Street in Alexandria, where he would spend the rest of his life, writing the most important poems of his oeuvre. With his reputation oonstantinos rising, he received many famous visitors in his house, such as Tommaso Marinetti, Andres Malraux, Nikos Kazantzakis, Kostas Ouranis and Myrtiotissa.


In he wrote his famous oknstantinos, Ithaca.

In he met the great English novelist Edward Morgan Forster became friends with him. Five years later, Forster will introduce the poetry of Kanafis to English audiences. Kontantinos April he resigned from his work as a public servant to dedicate himself to his poetry. In the following year his last living brother, John Kavafis, died.

“Ithaca”, by Konstantinos P. Kavafis

Inthe Greek government awarded him the medal of the Order of the Phoenix. In he began to suffer from larynx problems and doctors diagnosed cancer. Kavafis soon became unable to speak and in he was subjected to a tracheotomy operation in Athens. In he returned to Alexandria, with his health constantly deteriorating. In early April he was transferred to the Hellenic Hospital and at 2 a. Konstahtinos Greeks Who Left their Mark in Important Christian Monument Discovered in Cyprus.

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