Constantine Cavafy Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Poetry Criticism)


Alexiou, Margaret. “Eroticism and Poetry.” Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora 10, Nos. 1-2 (Spring/Summer 1983): 45-65.

Overview of the erotic nature of Cavafy's poetry in response to past critical interpretation.

Bien, Peter. Constantine Cavafy. New York: Columbia University Press, 1964, 48p.

Identifies the aspects of Cavafy's poetry which constitute a modern voice.

Bowersock, G. W. “The Julian Poems of C. P. Cavafy.” Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 7 (1981): 89-104.

Explores the sensual and historic nature of five Cavafy poems on the theme of Julian the Apostate.

Durrell, Lawrence. “A Cavafy Find.” London Magazine 3, No. 7 (July 1956): 11-14.

Discusses newly discovered and previously unpublished Cavafy poems.

———. “C. P. Cavafy.” New York Times Book Review (21 January 1973): 2-3.

Reviews Selected Poems, and praises the translations by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard.

Enright, D. J. “Too Many Caesars: The Poems of C. P. Cavafy.” In Conspirators and Poets, pp. 160-66. London: Chatto & Windus Ltd., 1966.

Provides a brief overview of critical reaction to Cavafy's poetry.

Fraser, P. M. “Cavafy and the Elgin Marbles.” Modern Language Review 58, No. 1 (January 1963): 66-8.

A commentary on and reprint of Cavafy's 1891 article on the removal of Greek artifacts to England by Lord Elgin.

Gifford, Henry. “Digging in Alexandria.” The Times Literary Supplement, No. 4560 (24 August 1990): 887-88.

Compares numerous modern translations of Cavafy's poetry and provides an overview of the poet's work.

Jusdanis, Gregory. The Poetics of Cavafy: Textuality, Eroticism, History. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1987, 193p.

Examines Cavafy's poetics in light of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary developments in Western Europe.

Roditi, Edouard. “Cavafis and the Permanence of Greek History.” Poetry 81, No. 6 (March 1953): 389-92.

Praises Cavafy's command of languages and skill as a poet.

Spender, Stephen. “Cavafy: The Historic and Erotic.” New York Review of Books XVIII, No. 11 (15 June 1972): 12.

Reviews Passions and Ancient Days, praising both Cavafy's poetry and the translations of Edmund Keeley and George Savidis.

Additional coverage of Cavafy’s life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: DISCovering Authors: Poets Module; Major Twentieth-Century Writers, Vol. 1; and Twenieth Century Literature Criticism, Vols. 2, 7.