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by Anthony Hirst,Peter Mackridge,Evangelos Sachperoglou,C.P. Cavafy

"A Greek gentleman in a straw hat, standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe." E. M. Forster's famous description of C. P. Cavafy--the most widely known and best loved modern Greek poet--perfectly captures the unique perspective Cavafy brought to bear on history and geography, sexuality and language. Cavafy wrote about people on the periphery, whose religious, ethnic and cultural identities are blurred, and he was one of the pioneers in expressing a specifically homosexual sensibility. His poems present brief and vivid evocations of historical scenes and sensual moments, often infused with his distinctive sense of irony. They have established him as one of the most important poets of the twentieth century. The only bilingual edition of Cavafy's collected poems currently available, this volume presents the most authentic Greek text of every poem he ever published, together with a new English translation that beautifully conveys the accent and rhythm of Cavafy's individual tone of voice. In addition, the volume includes an extensive introduction by Peter Mackridge, explanatory notes that gloss Greek historical names and events alluded to in the poems, a chronological list of the poems, and indexes of Greek and English titles.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Download The Collected Poems: with parallel Greek text (Oxford World's Classics) epub
ISBN: 0199555958
ISBN13: 978-0199555956
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Poetry
Author: Anthony Hirst,Peter Mackridge,Evangelos Sachperoglou,C.P. Cavafy
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (August 31, 2009)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1797 kb
FB2 size: 1466 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 423
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C.P. Cavafy remains marvelous. This e-version however is apparently not in Kindle format. It's not readable on the cloud reader, which is beyond annoying for me. You must use an app on a mobile device. I am most likely to be reading this in front of a laptop.

The text is so small on my phone you can't read it in portrait mode. And because it's not formatted for a kindle you can't change the font size. Unless you flip your phone landscape. THEN it will reformat to be a size that is almost readable for me. I find holding a phone in landscape to read a book to be awkward.

I basically just flushed money down the toilet on a book I cannot access conveniently. WHICH IS THE WHOLE POINT OF KINDLE FOR ME.

This is a terrible thing to do to wonderful poetry.
This collection of poems by Cavafis is a must for everyone who is interested in classic Greek poetry, and comes at a very low price compared to similar editions. It contains all the important poems by Cavafis and it's value is timeless.
However, the English translation is not top notch, and one should compare the English verses of ITHACA with the ones recited by Sir Sean Connery in Youtube, namely:[...], that are clearly superior. Nevertheless, poetry translation is a an almost impossible task and poems never sound as good in a translation.
Another interesting comparison in terms of passion and sentiment between English and Greek theatrical actors can be made if one also hears ITHACA by Eli Lambeti in: [...]
I wish everybody knew Greek so they can read Cavafy's immensely musical poems in fantastically chosen heighented
Greek of the Hellenistic period,when the whole known world was united by the Greek language,ideals,and philosophy.
Great poems; great intro and having the greek text on the side is excellent.
Beautiful poetry, and a good translation.
I had never read him before, but am enjoying reading his sensual poetry and his sense of being an outsider in so many ways.
Fine poet. Don't miss Cavafy.
This is not text but scanned in pages. Almost unreadable.
Great translations faithful to the style and mood of the original text. Wonderful!