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Cavafy's World

Constantine Cavafy was a late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Greek poet from Alexandria, Egypt whose poetry was greatly inspired by the city's ancient history, along with classical Greek and Roman art. E.M. Forster once described this singular poet as "standing at a slight angle to the universe." The Kelsey Archeological Museum at the University of Michigan has curated this online exhibit that highlights Cavafy's life as well as the connections between Cavafy's poetry and a variety of artifacts that are housed in the Kelsey Museum. Here, readers can learn about Cavafy's life in Alexandria and examine a number of translations of his poetry. Each poem is paired with a related object from ancient Egypt, adding additional context and depth to his work. This collection will be of interest to fans of poetry as well as those interested in ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece.
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