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.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABXAXX BAX
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 358
Words 72
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 3

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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