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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A POEM - LIFE IS A JOURNEY




I would like to  thank  my friend Elli Fthenaki for this video! This is a poem inspired by Homeric return journey of Odessyus to his home island after a long journey as depicted in the Odyssey. The poem's theme is that enjoyment of the journey of life, and the increasing maturity of the soul as that journey continues, are all the traveler can ask for.

The above is a poem by Greek poet Constantin P Kavafis was a Greek poet who lived in Alexandria and worked as a journalist and civil servant.

Cavafy was instrumental in the revival and recognition of Greek poetry both at home and abroad. His poems are, typically, concise but intimate evocations of real or literary figures and milieux that have played roles in Greek culture. Uncertainty about the future, sensual pleasures, the moral character andpsychology of individuals, homosexuality, and a fatalistic existential nostalgia are some of the defining themes.

Almost all of Cavafy's work was in Greek; yet, his poetry remained unrecognized in Greece until after the publication of his first anthology in 1935. He is known for his prosaic use of metaphors, his brilliant use of historical imagery, and his aesthetic perfectionism. These attributes, amongst others, have assured him an enduring place in the literary pantheon of the Western World.

He died of cancer of the larynx on April 29, 1933, his 70th birthday. Since his death, Cavafy's reputation has grown. He is now considered one of the finest modern Greek poets. His poetry is taught at schools in mainland Greece and Cyprus, and in universities around the world.

(courtesy:wikipedia)


---daman
03/03/2014
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