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Poetics and Histories: To What Extent Did C. P. Cavafy Alter Historical Narratives, and for What Artistic Purposes?

stuident Name: Joseph Watson Module Lecturer: Dr Dimitra Tzanidaki-Kreps Date of Submission: 11/01/2016

Poetics and Histories: To What Extent Did C. P. Cavafy Alter Historical Narratives, and for What Artistic Purposes?

Discuss the portrayal and effects of loss in the poetry of Cavafy

My Mother's Sin and Other Stories A series of lectures on Modern Greek literature taught by Dr Dimitra Tzanidaki-Kreps This is a first class essay of one of my students, Jenny Wight, who took my course this year writing beautifully on the effects of loss in Cavafy's poetry.

Discuss the portrayal and effects of loss in the poetry of Cavafy

Hyperion or the hermit in Greece

Concept, dramaturgy and performance by Dimitra Kreps

Hyperion or the hermit in Greece

ἐξ ἐρίων δὴ καὶ κλωστήρων καὶ ἀτράκτων

This essay examines that metaphor in the context of the political and war situation at the time Lysistrata was first performed. It considers traditional gender roles in the fifth-century Greek polis and Lysistrata’s inversion of those roles in her weaving analogy. Aristophanes’ comedic purpose in the weaving speech, in Lysistrata as a whole, and more generally across his corpus is examined. In addition, some observations are made about the sound pattern of Lysistrata’s speech and, in a personal argument, a speculative suggestion is advanced that the audience might have associated her cadences with the familiar rhythms of a domestic weaving loom.

ἐξ ἐρίων δὴ καὶ κλωστήρων καὶ ἀτράκτων

In Ritsos’ Moonlight Sonata what sentiments does the woman’s confession provoke/inspire to you and how these compare to the ones felt by the young man who remains silent throughout her long monologue.

Yannis Ritsos' "Moonlight Sonata" is a poignant and emotionally charged poem that presents a deeply intimate monologue of a woman speaking to a silent young man. The setting is night, with the moonlight casting a dreamlike atmosphere over the scene. The woman's confession, filled with personal revelations, memories, and emotions, evokes a variety of sentiments in the reader and provokes a complex response.

In Ritsos’ Moonlight Sonata what sentiments does the woman’s confession provoke/inspire to you and how these compare to the ones felt by the young man who remains silent throughout her long monologue.

Discuss the portrayal and effects of loss in the poetry of Cavafy

My Mother's Sin and Other Stories A series of lectures on Modern Greek literature taught by Dr Dimitra Tzanidaki-Kreps This is a first class essay of one of my students, Jenny Wight, who took my course this year writing beautifully on the effects of loss in Cavafy's poetry.

Discuss the portrayal and effects of loss in the poetry of Cavafy

How does Seferis’ mythical method interact with Greece’s lasting socio-political issues?

Seferis uses the mythical method in his poetry to allude to and comment upon social and political issues in Greece in his lifetime. Before discussing his poetry, it is important to define what is meant by Seferis’ mythical method. This method can be described as allusive, as although Seferis does make direct references to myth he does so in inventive ways, for example by using narrative space, symbols and characters to evoke Greek myths.

How does Seferis’ mythical method interact with Greece’s lasting socio-political issues?

Theatricality, didacticism, prosaic verse, use of persons as symbols, contemplative mood, flashbacks are some of Cavafy’s recurring ‘tropes’. Discuss.

Within the vast poetry collection of Constantine Cavafy, arguably, a pattern of recurring tropes emerges, offering the readers an in depth understanding of what defines his artistry. The poems that I have chosen for this essay being Young Men of Sidon, Alexandrian Kings and Kaisarion, from his book The Collected poems. One might say that they serve as an example of Cavafy’s gravitation towards an array of literary devices such as theatricality, didacticism, prosaic verse, use of persons as symbols, contemplative mood and flashbacks, one might say that they create a narrative that extends beyond the individual poems, inviting us to explore the timeless themes captured by Cavafy.

Theatricality, didacticism, prosaic verse, use of persons as symbols, contemplative mood, flashbacks are some of Cavafy’s recurring ‘tropes’. Discuss.

The form of Dramatic Monologue as perfected by Ritsos’ poetry.

Yannis Ritsos is widely regarded as one of the most significant figures in contemporary Greek poetry. He managed to revolutionise the idea of a dramatic monologue and create not just beautiful poetry, but also a multifaceted art form that has depth on psychological, social, and philosophical levels throughout all of his publications. The dramatic monologue form was popularised by Victorian poets such as Robert Browning, but Ritsos revitalised it and many poets to this day still use his style as inspiration. His ability to construct identities and characters that the reader can genuinely sense and almost experience is skilful.

The form of Dramatic Monologue as perfected by Ritsos’ poetry.

«Examine how homoerotic love is expressed in Cavafy’s erotic poetry» By Yousuf Danawi, Reading University

This essay aims to examine the manner in which homoerotic love is expressed in Constantine Peter Cavafy’s erotic poetry.Initially, it will provide a brief introduction entailing contextual information. Subsequently, this essay will bestow an intricate analysis of his erotic poems, with a particular focus on elucidating recurrent themes pertaining tohomoerotic love. The analysis will explore both the formal and thematic constituents of Cavafy’s erotic poetry, accompanied by a pervading extraction of deeper meaning.This examination will be enhanced utilising relevant secondary literature. The primary source that consists of the poems to be discussed in this essay derives from a digital anthology that comprises Cavafy’s ‘Recognised’, ‘Denounced’, and ‘Hidden’ poems

 «Examine how homoerotic love is expressed in Cavafy’s erotic poetry» By Yousuf Danawi, Reading University

Ιλιάδα, το πρόγραμμα του συνεδρίου

kostasper writes, "Πρόγραμμα συνεδρίου στο Κάιρο με θέμα «Translation: Cultural interaction» (29 Μαΐου-1 Ιουνίου 2004)

Σημείωση:

Στο συνέδριο αυτό, εκτός από τα γενικά θεωρητικά ζητήματα που σχετίζονται με το θέμα του, παράλληλα συζητήθηκαν και τα θέματα που αφορούν τη νέα μετάφραση της Ιλιάδας στα αραβικά. Άλλωστε, αφορμή για την οργάνωση του συνεδρίου στάθηκε ακριβώς αυτό το γεγονός: Η έκδοση δαπάναις του Ανώτατου Συμβουλίου για τον Πολιτισμό της μετάφρασης της Ιλιάδας στα αραβικά μετά από 100 χρόνια από την πρώτη μετάφρασή της από τον Σουλεϊμάν Αλ Μπουστάνι. Σημειωτέον ότι, όπως δήλωσε ο επιμελητής της μετάφρασης, Dr Αhmed Atman, αυτή έγινε κατευθείαν από τα αρχαία ελληνικά για πρώτη φορά.


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11 Ιουνίου 2004

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«Η Ιλιάδα διαχρονικά»

Συζήτηση για την έρευνα (29 Μαΐου-1 Ιουνίου 2004) στην αίθουσα Ανωτάτου Συμβουλίου για τον Πολιτισμό (Όπερα Καΐρου)



Σάββατο, 29 Μαΐου 2004

Πρόεδρος:Dr Moustafa Ilabadi

Ομιλητές-θέματα:

1)Ahmed Abouzed, «Ανθρωπολογική ανάγνωση της Ιλιάδας»

2)Loutfi Abdel Wahab, «Ο χρόνος της Ιλιάδας:Η αρχή και το τέλος»

3)Ishaak Ibed, «Η Ιλιάδα καθρέφτης της εποχής της»

4)Mohammed Issaidi Abdelghani, «Η Αίγυπτος στον Όμηρο»

5)Abu Al Yosr Farag, «Η Ιλιάδα και η γεωγραφική γνώση των Ελλήνων»



Κυριακή, 30 Μαΐου 2004

Πρόεδρος:Lutfi Abdel Wahab

Ομιλητές:

1)Moustafa Al Abaadi «Ο μύθος του νησιού Φάρος στην Οδύσσεια του Ομήρου και τα ίχνη του στην αρχαία ελληνική λογοτεχνία»

2)Fredy De Cruz «Οι μυθολογικές και τραγικές όψεις της ατέλειωτης ιστορίας (Η καταστροφή της πρωτεύουσας)»

3)Dr Mounira Karawan, «Ο μύθος του Αγαμέμνονα μεταξύ Επικής Ποίησης και Τραγωδίας»

4)Mohammed Hamdi Ibrahim, «Ο Όμηρος:Η διαχρονικότητα του χαρίσματος(ταλέντου) του Ομήρου»

5)Dr Ahmed Ashraf Farag, «Οι νοηματικές αξίες της αναφορικής πρότασης στην Ιλιάδα:Μελέτη στην επιστήμη του σύνθετου ύφους στον Όμηρο»



Δευτέρα,31 Μαΐου 2004

1)Στρογγυλή τράπεζα

Ομιλητές:Γνωστοί καθηγητές Πανεπιστημίου,ποιητές και διανούμενοι της Αιγύπτου.

(Στη συνέχεια o Πρόεδρος Mahmoud Amin El Alem)

Ομιλητές:

1)Dr Abdel Hamid Hawas, «Ο ποιητής του Χιλαλικού έπους και το ομηρικό πρόβλημα»

2) Alia Hanafi, «Ο Όμηρος στην αραβική λογοτεχνία»

3)Moustafa LabibAbdelghani, «Ο Όμηρος στις αραβικές πηγές»

4)Eman Al Zedin, «Η Ιλιάδα στον παγκόσμιο κινηματογράφο»



Τρίτη, 1 Ιουνίου 2004

Πρόεδρος: Ishaac Ibed

Ομιλητές:

1) Magda El Nawami, «Η Ιλιάδα στη Ρώμη»

2)Said Sadik, «Τα ομηρικά πρόσωπα στις κωμωδίες του Πλαύτου»

3)Maher Shafik Farid, «Η επίδραση της Ιλιάδας στην παγκόσμια λογοτεχνία: Ο Όμηρος μεταξύ Σέξπηρ και Όντεν»

4)Dr Yahia Abdallah, «Ο Όμηρος και ο Νίτσε για τη δογματική διαμεσολάβηση»

5)Mickey Kolk, «Η αναμέτρηση του πολέμου: Η αναμέτρηση των σορών των νεκρών από το Έπος και το Δράμα έως το μεταδραματικό θέατρο»



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