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Constantine P. Cavafy – Il poeta e la musa / The poet and the muse

Workshop of Giulio Romano, The Infancy of Jupiter, c. 1535 If the earth is veiled in darkness, have no fear. Do not think it is a perpetual darkness. Friend, you are close to pleasures, flowers, valleys; have courage, and step forward. Behold the early dawn! It is only a light mist that frightens our vision. …

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Constantine P. Cavafy – Sulla nave / On Board Ship

James Tissot, The Captain and the Mate, 1873 Certainly this little drawing  in pencil resembles him. Hurriedly drawn, on the deck of tlie ship  one enchanting afternoon  the Ionian Sea all around us. It resembles him But I recall him as handsomer. He was sensitive to tlie point of suffenng,  and that illumined his expression. …

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Constantine P. Cavafy – Ogni tanto lui giura / He Swears

Giulio Romano, Jupiter And Olympia, c. 1534 He swears every now and then to begin a better life. But when night comes with its own counsel,  its own compromises and prospects–  when night comes with its own power  of a body that needs and demands,  he returns, lost, to the same fatal pleasure. Ogni tanto …

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