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20 February 2024

An Evening of Cavafy with A E Stallings

Please join us at St Hugh’s College on Tuesday 20 February for an evening of Constantine Cavafy’s poetry, presided over by the Oxford Professor of Poetry, A E Stallings, who we are privileged to be able to welcome to the College for the event.

From 5.15pm in the Maplethorpe Hall, Professor Stallings will give a short talk on translation and homophonic rhyme, then participate in a series of readings of Cavafy’s work – in both English and Greek. The event will conclude with a drinks reception from 6.30pm to 6.50pm in the same location.

Cavafy (1863-1933) was born in Alexandria to Greek parents and lived in that city for most of his life. His work, which ranges from the historical to the erotic, has received ever-increasing recognition for the skill underlying its composition, and the unique perspectives it discloses. As his friend E M Forster once put it, Cavafy stood ‘absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe’. Best known in this country for “The God Abandons Anthony” and “Ithaca”, Tuesday 20 February is sure to be a delightful evening.

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