Constantin Cavafy: “Waiting for the Barbarians”

Περιμένοντας τους βαρβάρους, Κωνσταντίνος Π. Καβάφης (1904)

Constantin Cavafy (b. 29 April 1863)

English translation read by Hari Politopoulos. Video kudos: Palamas12

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~ by matt on 29 April 2008.

3 Responses to “Constantin Cavafy: “Waiting for the Barbarians””

  1. Beautiful poem. Glad you pointed to it. The reading of it is done so well.

  2. A beautiful and timeless poem. The ending, “Now what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?/Those people were a kind of solution,” tells you all you need to know about modern politics.

    This poem is certainly one of cavafy’s finest, perhaps second only to (my favorite) “Exiles” and “Ithaka.”

  3. This is an excellent reading of one of Cavafy’s best poems . A gem

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