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An Old Man Analysis

Author: poem of C.P. Cavafy Type: poem Views: 6

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At the back of the noisy café
bent over a table sits an old man;
a newspaper in front of him, without company.

And in the scorn of his miserable old age
he ponders how little he enjoyed the years
when he had strength, and the power of the word, and good looks.

He knows he has aged much; he feels it, he sees it.
And yet the time he was young seems
like yesterday. How short a time, how short a time.

And he ponders how Prudence deceived him;
and how he always trusted her -- what a folly! --
that liar who said: "Tomorrow. There is ample time."

He remembers the impulses he curbed; and how much
joy he sacrificed. Every lost chance
now mocks his senseless wisdom.

...But from so much thinking and remembering
the old man gets dizzy. And falls asleep
bent over the café table.


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Salut, c'est vrai que la lumie8re des bougies est myste9rieuse et agre9able..une villeie cave en pierre juste e9claire9e par quelques bougies, les bouteilles juste devine9e, c'est l'avant gout du paradis ;-) J'aime bpc tes photos!Bonne journe9eClaude x x

| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest

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Why thank you, highbrow. I would have loved to quote Donald Hall's piece on dead meatrhops in its (considerable) entirety because he made so many interesting observations. But I think he would agree with your English teacher, as he ended his article saying Of course, the ways of failure are infinite. A poem without a single dead metaphor will most likely be wretched anyway.

| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest

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happy birthday to you,squashed totamoes and stew,happy birthday, happy birthdayhappy birthday to you.couldn't resist it - we used to sing it at school.one more day at schoolone more day of horrorno more latin no more frenchwe're breaking up tomorror.along with our school din dins come from pig binsout of town.anyone remember 'out of town'?

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest

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