CP Cavafy

CP Cavafy

Constantine Peter (CP) Cavafy was one of the major poets of the 20th century. He was born in Alexandria in Egypt in 1863 and died there in 1933, though he lived in England for a number of his early years, an experience which left him with a distinctly English accent and something of an infatuation with English sartorial style. During his lifetime, his poems appeared mostly in small private editions circulated among friends, and generally his importance as a poet went unnoticed until well after his death. Today, however, he is recognised as a major figure in modern European poetry and a number of his poems, perhaps especially, ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ are among the best known and most translated of recent times. A fascinating archive of CP Cavafy’s life and work is available online at

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