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C.P. Cavafy

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Added by: marianne
I think that this poem is about how brutal human beings can be (Caesarion was Cleopatra's son with Mark Antony and he was executed in 30 B.C by Octavian who succeeded Antony--"Too many Caesars"). I also believe it is about the poet's imagination and the ability to create something out of nothing. And the way in which Caesarion seems to appear as if still in "vanquished Alexandria" (the quote might not be accurate as I do not have the poem for reference), is a bit of the far past coming to the present and perhaps that is to say that the terms "past", "present" and "future" mean nothing and that ultimately, it depends upon what we make of them. Besides that, the way the narrator lets the lamp go out "on purpose" hints (I think) that the narrator is expecting to see him and knows he's there. Also, this is all illustrated in the world of the poem and so, I believe, Caesarion is just as real as the narrator as we see them just as clearly althought the vision of Caesarion comes down to us through the narrator.

This poem is truly stirring, I nearly cried reading it.

To know more about Caesarion, search him up in Wikipedia.

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