Find out everything about your holidays in ithaca on our travel guide. My favorite greek poem that inspires me to be brave. After careful consideration, we have decided to temporarily close our restaurant completely to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. He could be odysseus, the hero of homers epic poem the odyssey, but the poet is also addressing any reader of the poem. In 1911, cavafy wrote ithaca, inspired by the homeric return journey of. Anyway, it seems rude to say much more and drown the poem in commentary. Ithacas poem is ideally located in vathy, the capital of ithaca.
Ithaka is a greek island in the ionian sea and in greek history was the home of odyssey odysseus. Mar 04, 2018 in one of the greek cultural courses i took, we had to memorize the below poem by constantine p. He was born in alexandria, egypt, where his greek parents had settled in the mid1850s. Read the poem, ithaka by greek poet constantine cavafya and share your thoughts with your classmates about what you think the poem is saying ideas and how it is being said form, way the words look on each line, etc. Mar 21, 2007 the poem ithaca from the last scene of the 1996 film cavafy, directed by iannis smaragdis. Includes poems, in english and greek, biography, photos, articles, more. Ithaka is used by cavafy as a symbol of our goals that actually shape the meaning of our life. Although some of the lyricism and rhyme of the original is probably lost in translation, it is still a powerful piece that speaks to the reader in any language.
Cavafy utilizes various literary devices in his poem ithaka, which stresses to the reader the importance of taking ones time on the journey of life. Ithaka mendittorosa perfume a new fragrance for women and. The poem ithaca from the last scene of the 1996 film cavafy, directed by iannis smaragdis. Homer described it as being lowlying and farthest to the west, despite being mountainous, and the island of kefalonia. But in cavafys poem, the journey is both odysseuss and ours. When you set out for ithaka ask that your way be long, full of adventure, full of instruction.
Nov 21, 2012 as you may expect from this influence, the poem has so much to say about life in all its complexity, with both the setbacks and the positive memories that become inevitable. Every time i read this poem i get more and more emotional because i understand it better each time as i become more experienced in life. If you think this goes too far, then you should take a look at the poem ithaca by konstantinos kavafis 18631933, which is one of the greatest modern greek poets, is found in our page. Greek poet, constantine cavafy, spoke of the importance of enjoying the trip, any trip, and not only longing for a journeys end. The first in this trilogy is ithaka, inspired by the poem ithaka written by emblematic greek poet c. Apart from its mythical essence, though, ithaka greece boasts an incredible beauty. So, follow along with sean connery and enjoy happy friday.
This classic greek story is peopled by the monsters mentioned in cavafys poem. With a didactic intention hidden in the form of an internal monologue, he does not. Cavafy s father was an importerexporter whose business responsibilities frequently led him to the port. Cavafys poem ithaka read by edmund keeley in the dull village, a painting by david hockney inspired by cavafy, now in the british museum. Cavafy as you set out for ithaka hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery. Caratzas, publisher, 1989 compl ete po ems by c p cavafy, translated by daniel mendelsohn, harper press, 20 passions and ancient days 2 1 new poems, selected and translated by edmund keeley and george savidis london. Poetry is a primitive state of the human mind, aiming to translate feelings into words greek is a very rich language and via ithaca you will be benefited spiritually and also practice at the same time. The narrator, probably a man who has traveled a lot, addresses either odysseus, the hero of homers epic poem the odyssey, or an imaginary modern traveler or reader. Sep 29, 2009 in his poem ithaca constantine cavafy uses the familiar story of the odyssey as a metaphor for the journey of life.
Cavafys father was an importerexporter whose business responsibilities frequently led him to the port city of. Cavafys father was an importerexporter whose business responsibilities frequently led him to the port city of liverpool. The laistrygonians and the cyclops, angry poseidon do not fear them. Cavafy is widely considered the most distinguished greek poet of the twentieth century. Cavafy as translated by memas kolaitis, two volumes new york. Nov 15, 2017 in an illuminating, seemingly simple poem, greek poet constantine cavafy speaks of the importance of enjoying the road to our own ithaka wherever that may be, because the journey is much more exquisite than any arrival at a final destination. In one of the greek cultural courses i took, we had to memorize the below poem by constantine p.
Cavafy is widely considered the most distinguished greek poet of the 20th century. This classic greek story is peopled by the monsters. Constantine peter cavafy was an egyptiot greek poet, journalist and civil servant. The background of this poem is odysseuss return to his native ithaka after many. Kavafis team of culture club of ano syros plays cavafys songs in greek works by or about constantine p. Ithaka is one of cavafys most famous poems and is a tribute to the original greek poet, homer, and his poem the odyssey which along with its companion, the iliad, are the two oldest known works of western literature. We sincerely value your business but feel that we need to do our part at this incredibly difficult time. We were not exactly certain how our new restaurant would be received. Ideas perhaps you will find that you need to read the poem several. Ithaka is a philosophical poem, influenced by the homeric epos saga and the adventures of odysseus on his trip to ithaka as you can tell even by reading its title.
Ithacas poem apartment accommodation in ithaca, greece. Ithaca 1910, 1911 as you set out for ithaca hope that your journey is a long one, full of. Learn better greek and discover the true value of life in your own ithaka. A tribute to one of greeces most prominent poets, konstantinos kavafis. But it is what he likes to be called, all because one day he picked up a poem by the greek writer konstantinos kavafis entitled ithaka.
Ithaka is the island home of odysseus, the hero in homers ancient greek epic poem called the odyssey. Ithaka begins with the poet addressing the reader directly in the second person, as you, and offering a piece of advice. We all want to return home, to ithaka, to view from the sea that island where we grew up, to see again the woman we love. There he makes an allusion of the legendary journey of ulysses to the journey of every man through life and suggests that each person is looking for his own ithaca, his personal supreme gaol. Aug 15, 2019 posted on august 15, 2019 august 15, 2019 ithaca, a poem by c. Kavafis is considered to be one of the greatest greek poets and ithaca is perhaps his most famous poem. The cavafy archive was acquired by the onassis foundation at the end of 2012, thus safeguarding the archives continued presence in greece and preventing a potential fragmentation. Jackie kennedy onassis inspired ithakas name the national. Built in 20, it offers its guests four spacious maisonettes with a large veranda overlooking the picturesque harbor of vathy. Like so many selfhelp books advise, the poem urges you to live for the journey rather than the expected endpoint, in order to have a flourishing and fulfilling life. Translated by edmund keeley as you set out for ithaka hope your road is a long one, full of adventure.
Read more portico, a communitysupported digital archive, preserves over 564,000 ebooks and ejournals for future scholars. The poem is a thread connecting us to everything around us, before us and after us it is an invitation to explore and to learn and to celebrate the diversity of experience. Poem summary stanza 1 ithaka begins with the poet addressing the reader directly in the second person, as you, and offering a piece of advice. Cavafys poem ithaca, recited by sir sean connery and with music specially composed by vangelis. Cavafy, a least for english language readers, is certainly ithaka. Ithaka is an unrhymed poem of five stanzas that employ conversational, everyday language. He was born in 1863 in alexandria, egypt, where his greek parents had settled in the mid1850s. Famous all over the world as the mythical island of odysseus, ithaca is probably the most remarkable island of greek mythology. The narrator tells the traveler that what is really important is not ithaka, the. When i read those verses for the first time, i felt they were my life and from then on i used them as a guide. Cavafy 18631933 was a greek poet, although he was born and spent most of his life in alexandria, egypt. Jun 07, 2009 new translations for lovers of greek poet cavafy constantine cavafy may not be a household name, but the greek poet was admired by english novelist e. Versi studio is a new olfactive trilogy from mendittorosa exploring the relationship between poetry and perfumery.
Cavafys ithaka or ithaca, 1911 is a philosophical and didactic poem on the homeric theme of homecoming. The most famous poem about ithaca has been written by the renowned greek poet constantine cavafy and is entitled ithaka. Cavafy is a source of inspiration and a touchstone for our organization as we pursue the intelligent application of technology in academic environments. Ithaca 1911 when you set out on your journey to ithaca, pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge. What we did know was that we felt confident in the high quality of greek food our family could prepare. Ithaca is an island in the ionian sea in greece, which was an important setting in one of the most famous myths of ancient greece, the odyssey. In the poem called odyssey, cavafys first lines are as you set out for ithaka hope your road is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery.176 1039 819 711 1572 483 208 202 810 144 573 1001 299 928 1453 188 1503 169 556 1412 34 556 1183 1681 1474 948 1499 724 1037 856 994 1107 454 47