Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Daniel Mendelson's Cavafy

I'm very excited about this book.  See why:

Che Fece…Il Gran Rifiuto


For certain people there comes a day
when they are called upon to say the great Yes
or the great No.  It’s clear at once who has
the Yes within him at the ready, which he will say

as he advances in honor, in great self-belief.
He who refuses has no second thoughts. Asked
again, he would repeat the No.  And nonetheless
that No—so right—defeats him all his life.

                        --C.P. Cavafy, trans. by Daniel Mendelsohn

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