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 the wealthy merchant Petros-Ioannou Kavafis. He died on the very same date seventy years later, in When I was very young I left and spent much of my childhood in England. I visited this country after a long time but stayed for a short while. I lived in France too.
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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 the wealthy merchant Petros-Ioannou Kavafis. He died on the very same date seventy years later, in When I was very young I left and spent much of 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.
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. Incredibly, the man known above all else for his poetry Kavafis never published his poems in book form during his lifetime.
Instead, he preferred to give them to newspapers and magazines to publish, or simply handwrote them and gave them away to anyone who was interested. He wrote poems and dozens of sketches and left behind a number of unfinished pieces. The first book of his poems was only published in , two 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.
The young Konstantinos learned English and cultivated an interest in literature early on in life. However, financial problems forced the family to move again in , this time back to Alexandria.
He made his first systematic efforts to write poetry during his stay in this great city, with the very first poem in his archives appearing to have been written in In October of Kavafis returned to Alexandria, along with his mother and his two brothers, Alexander and Paul, after receiving compensation for the destructive riots of One of his first decisions upon his return there was to acquire Greek citizenship.
In Kavafis traveled to Greece for the very first time in his life; it was in Athens where he met his future colleagues Grigorios Xenopoulos and Ioannis Polemis. In a letter he wrote upon arriving in the Greek capital, he said he felt like a Muslim pilgrim who travels to Mecca. He visited Athens again during the next year, and on Nov. With his literary reputation on the rise, he received a number of renowned visitors to his home, including Tommaso Marinetti, Andres Malraux, Nikos Kazantzakis, Kostas Ouranis and Myrtiotissa.
Kavafis was finally able to resign from his work as a public servant to dedicate himself to his poetry in April of In , the Greek government awarded Kavafis their greatest honor, the Medal of the Order of the Phoenix. He began to suffer from problems with his larynx and doctors diagnosed cancer in Kavafis soon found himself unable to speak, and in he was subjected to a tracheotomy operation in Athens. The poet returned to Alexandria, with his health constantly deteriorating, in In early April he was transferred to the Hellenic Hospital and at 2 AM on April 29, , the poet breathed his last breath at the age of All Basketball Soccer.
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Poetry Of Konstantinos Kavafis
Cavafy wrote poems, while dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. During his lifetime, he consistently refused to formally publish his work and preferred to share it through local newspapers and magazines , or even print it out himself and give it away to anyone interested. His most important poems were written after his fortieth birthday, and officially published two years after his death. Cavafy was born in in Alexandria , Egypt , to Greek parents who originated from the Greek community of Constantinople Istanbul , and was baptized into the Greek Orthodox Church. His father was a prosperous importer-exporter who had lived in England in earlier years and acquired British nationality.