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The City Analysis



Author: Poetry of C.P. Cavafy Type: Poetry Views: 186

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You said: "I'll go to another country, go to another shore,

find another city better than this one.

Whatever I try to do is fated to turn out wrong

and my heart lies buried like something dead.How long can I let my mind moulder in this place?

Wherever I turn, wherever I look,

I see the black ruins of my life, here,

where I've spent so many years, wasted them, destroyed them totally."

You won't find a new country, won't find another shore.

This city will always pursue you.

You'll walk the same streets, grow old

in the same neighborhoods, turn gray in these same houses.

You'll always end up in this city. Don't hope for things elsewhere:

there's no ship for you, there's no road.

Now that you've wasted your life here, in this small corner,

you've destroyed it everywhere in the world.





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The marble represent an emptyhanded shepard. He reincarnates himself in the ruins of a fertaliser. Only then will he reach utility in the second land of origin and spice up his life.

| Posted on 2014-12-10 | by a guest


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\"Travelling is a fool’s paradise. We owe to our first journeys the discovery that place is nothing. At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me in the stern Fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from. I seek the Vatican, and the palaces. I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated. My giant goes with me wherever I go.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “Self-Reliance”

| Posted on 2012-11-30 | by a guest


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When I read this, I get an image of a wise mentor teaching someone who has attempted to run away, a lesson. I interpret that lesson to be, leaving won\'t give you a fresh start, if you do not move on mentally. In other words, if your mind is convinced you\'re still living in that restrictive city, then you remain unsatisfied even if you leave.

| Posted on 2012-07-30 | by a guest


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All perception is filtered through the self. the way morality is is a choice of conciousness, so to is the sense of happiness. Change in location cannnot change the self.

| Posted on 2009-07-21 | by a guest


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If you let one desire control your life you will always be searching to discover something. Come to an understanding, an exceptance with yourself and then you will view the world in a new way, full of possiblities. Only you can hinder or help reach fufillment in life.

| Posted on 2009-02-17 | by a guest


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If you let one desire control your life you will always be searching to discover something. Come to an understanding, an exceptance with yourself and then you will view the world in a new way, full of possiblities. Only you can hinder or help reach fufillment in life.

| Posted on 2009-02-17 | by a guest


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I think Cavafy is saying that not matter what you do you cannot escape who you are, or your birthplace. and you should not be ashamed of who you are because your true identity will always follow you around and "the city" is his true identity which he cannot get away from

| Posted on 2009-01-27 | by a guest


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i would like to think it is about Constantinople, referred to as "The City" by Greeks. Cavafy spent some of his life living thwere, and it was populated by thousands of Greeks who were forced to leave throughout the 20th Century. Alot of bitterness was caused, and many Greeks still mourn that they had to leave their home; to them, it was the most beautiful city in the world.

| Posted on 2008-07-23 | by a guest




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