C.P. CAVAFY, COLLECTED POEMS
Translated by EDMUND KEELEY and PHILIP SHERRARD
261 pages. Princeton University Press.
by ROBERT LIDDELL
222 pages. Duckworth. $16.
C.P. Cavafy loved young men and old cities. He was a Greek homosexual poet from Alexandria with a passport for Olympus. His years were 1863-1933, but he has shown a prodigious gift for outgrowing his death.
Largely unknown, he has enjoyed the esteem of his peers. Lawrence Durrell praised him as a major force; Auden ascribed Cavafy's power to surmount translation to "a tone of voice," the revelation of "a person...