By Consantine P. Cavafy
Constantine Cavafy is taken into account the best of recent Greek poets. His poems deal with old, philosophical, and erotic subject matters, occasionally altogether, and proportion a distinct “voice.” This quantity incorporates a clean translation by means of famous classical pupil Alan Boegehold, a translation that captures the fashion in addition to the which means of the Greek, and a foreword discussing Cavafy’s precise values.
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25 Have you ever seen a ghost? No. No . . but . . . seen—it’s a complex word. What I mean is that I’ve perceived presences. Yes, people I’ve known, people I’ve loved very much; you can feel them there, still with you. You can talk to them. No, no, of course they never answer. Do they frighten you? No, of course not; I love them. I asked these three people about their hesitancy around the words “see” and “seen,” and one replied that it’s a problem of language, which is to say, a ghost cannot be spoken.
We are made in a thin thread or of the line incised into the pane which may be only a photograph she said, whenever I look at a photograph, I see not the man who died years ago but the one who will one day as he’s simply looking out the window James’ Story In Henry James’ version, an unnamed narrator discovers she has two good friends who’ve had the same experience—a woman whose father came to her in a gallery in Italy as he was dying in New York, and a man whose mother showed up in his rooms in Cambridge just after she’d died.
I’m starting my inquiries at the crown pub of the town, The Three Daws, crowded on a Friday at 8pm. What do I think of it? I think it’s pretty morbid actually. Hopeful? No, I don’t really see how you could think of it as hopeful. Though it’s better than Black Heath, I guess. Kind of dismal isn’t it? But our weather’s great—hottest place in England at times. We broke the record two years ago. What do I think of the name Gravesend? I quite like it actually. It has dignity. Rather sad in a way isn’t it?