Books: Bard from Byzantium

C.P. CAVAFY, COLLECTED POEMS

Translated by EDMUND KEELEY and PHILIP SHERRARD

261 pages. Princeton University Press.

Paperbound. $3.45.

CAVAFY

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...

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