Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Dives of Beirut (again).

Yesterday I gave you my English translation of a poem by Cavafy; a poem that might be said to sit on some critically-imagined border between his Historical Poems and his Naughty Poems. I didn't however give you the original Greek, which was remiss of me; one should always be able to see the original even if one doesn't know its language. My excuse is that I was very tired. Here it is, scanned from my copy of the complete, or at least the canonical, poems; the first book I bought in Greece: (the second was a Greek-English dictionary).

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