Frasi di Konstantinos Kavafis

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Konstantinos Kavafis

Data di nascita: 29. Aprile 1863
Data di morte: 29. Aprile 1933

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Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis, noto in Italia anche come Costantino Kavafis , è stato un poeta e giornalista greco.

Kavafis era uno scettico che fu accusato di attaccare i tradizionali valori della cristianità, del patriottismo, e dell'eterosessualità, anche se non sempre si trovò a suo agio nel ruolo di anticonformista.

Pubblicò 154 poesie, spesso ispirate all'antichità ellenistica, romana e bizantina, ma molte altre sono rimaste incomplete o allo stato di bozza. Scrisse le sue poesie più importanti dopo i quarant'anni.

Frasi Konstantinos Kavafis

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„The people going by would gaze at him,
and one would ask the other if he knew him,
if he was a Greek from Syria, or a stranger.
But some who looked more carefully
would understand and step aside“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: The people going by would gaze at him, and one would ask the other if he knew him, if he was a Greek from Syria, or a stranger. But some who looked more carefully would understand and step aside; and as he disappeared under the arcades, among the shadows and the evening lights, going toward the quarter that lives only at night, with orgies and debauchery, with every kind of intoxication and desire, they would wonder which of Them it could be, and for what suspicious pleasure he had come down into the streets of Selefkia from the August Celestial Mansions. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=40&cat=1 One of Their Gods]

„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. "[http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_115.htm Epitaph of Antiochos, King of Kommagini]" (1923) <!-- some of the ironies of the poem are lost with only this portion of it … but so it goes...-->

„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. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=128&cat=1 But the Wise Perceive Things about to Happen]

„The almighty gods ought to have taken the trouble
to create a fourth, a decent man.
I would gladly have gone along with him.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: One of the three will want me anyway. And my conscience is quiet about my not caring which one I choose: the three of them are equally bad for Syria. But, a ruined man, it's not my fault. I'm only trying, poor devil, to make ends meet. The almighty gods ought to have taken the trouble to create a fourth, a decent man. I would gladly have gone along with him. l. 28

„The Spartans weren't to be led
and ordered around
like precious servants.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: The Spartans weren't to be led and ordered around like precious servants. Besides, they wouldn't have thought a pan-Hellenic expedition without a Spartan king in command was to be taken very seriously. Of course, then, "except the Lacedaimonians." That's certainly one point of view. Quite understandable. "[http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_1.htm In The Year 200 B.C.]" (1931)

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„Now the longed-for signal has appeared. Yet when happiness comes
it brings less joy than one expected.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: Now the longed-for signal has appeared. Yet when happiness comes it brings less joy than one expected. But at least we've gained this much: we've rid ourselves of hope and expectation.

„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. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=86&cat=1 The Ides of March]

„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. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=76&cat=1 Ionic]. 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. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=205&cat=1 Poems by C. P. Cavafy as translated by John Cavafy (2003)]

„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? [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=137&cat=1 The Windows]

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„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. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=134&cat=1 The Horses of Achilles]

„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 [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=106&cat=1 Julian in Nicomedia]

„He who hopes to grow in spirit
will have to transcend obedience and respect.
He'll hold to some laws
but he'll mostly violate
both law and custom, and go beyond
the established, inadequate norm.“

— Constantine P. Cavafy
Context: He who hopes to grow in spirit will have to transcend obedience and respect. He'll hold to some laws but he'll mostly violate both law and custom, and go beyond the established, inadequate norm. Sensual pleasures will have much to teach him. He won't be afraid of the destructive act: half the house will have to come down. This way he'll grow virtuously into wisdom. [http://cavafis.compupress.gr/kave_130.htm Growing in Spirit] (1903)

„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. [http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=145&cat=1 The First Step]

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