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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: 26 Aug 2012 22:46 
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Ithaca by C.P.Cavafy (with Sean Connery & Vangelis)



C.P.Cavafy's poem 'Ithaca', recited by Sir Sean Connery and with music specially composed by Vangelis.

ITHACA [1910, 1911]

As you set out for Ithaca
hope that your journey is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon-don't be afraid of them:
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare sensasion
touches your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon-you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope that your journey is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors you're seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and learn again from those who know.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you're destined for.
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so that you're old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you've gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would have not set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you'll have understood by then what these Ithacas mean.

wiz I expect you know this poem an the poet..... [clap.gif]


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Post Number:#2  PostPosted: 27 Aug 2012 10:04 
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I think the whole package is excellent. I am a Greek and deeply inspired .

I think it is more wise and magnanimous to recognise the transpersonal impact of poetry rather than reminding us of the narrow perception of pride, which is a very expensive and dividing instrument when relating to art, Lets pretend that we are all in the land of laistrygonians and felt awakened with the poem.

Everything else it's all Greek to me. [biggrin.gif]

Greece is not just about the crisis, the bankruptcy, the public debt, etc. Greece is also a beautiful country with hospitable wonderful people which is able to do such marvellous things like this poem by Kavafis (right photo). Even today the so maligned Greek people by the international media, create such things, as the “PAP (Papanikolaou) test” that saves the life of so many women, from cervical cancer and also created so many other things.

The world owes Greece so much!

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