Analysis of Melancholy Of Jason Kleander, Poet In Kommagini, A.D. 595

Constantine P. Cavafy 1863 (Alexandria) – 1933 (Alexandria)



The aging of my body and my beauty
is a wound from a merciless knife.
I’m not resigned to it at all.
I turn to you, Art of Poetry,
because you have a kind of knowledge about drugs:
attempts to numb the pain, in Imagination and Language.

It is wound from a merciless knife.
Bring your drugs, Art of Poetry—
they numb the wound at least for a little while.


Scheme ABXAXX BAX
Poetic Form
Metre 01011100110 101101001 11011111 111111100 011101110011 01110100010010 111101001 11111100 11011110101
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 358
Words 72
Sentences 6
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 3
Lines Amount 9
Letters per line (avg) 30
Words per line (avg) 8
Letters per stanza (avg) 137
Words per stanza (avg) 35
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Constantine P. Cavafy

Constantine P. Cavafy was a Greek poet who lived in Alexandria and worked as a journalist and civil servant. He published 154 poems; dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. His most important poetry was written after his fortieth birthday. more…

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