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Charles Simic: Cavafy

20 March 2008
The Collected Poems 
by C.P. Cavafy, translated by Evangelos Sachperoglou.
Oxford, 238 pp., £9.99, September 2007, 978 0 19 921292 7
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The Canon 
by C.P. Cavafy, translated by Stratis Haviaras.
Harvard, 465 pp., £16.95, January 2008, 978 0 674 02586 8
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... Barbarians’ – his best-known poem, written in November 1898 but not printed until 1904 – in Evangelos Sachperoglou’s new translation, which I prefer slightly to the one by Stratis Haviaras: – What are we waiting for, assembled in the Forum? The barbarians are to arrive today. – Why then such inactivity in the Senate? Why do the Senators ...

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