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In this essay I will try to explore the way in which the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy addresses the issue of the individual as an existence and especially the way the poet depicts the old age To this purpose I will refer to two of the plethora of his poems An Old Man and The Souls of Old Men An Old Man At the back of the noisy cafeacute bent over a table sits an old man a newspaper in front of him without company And in the scorn of his miserable old age he ponders how little he enjoyed the years when he had strength and the power of the word and good looks He knows he has aged much he feels it he sees it And yet the time he was young seems like yesterday How short a time how short a time And he ponders how Prudence deceived him and how he always trusted her -- what a folly -- that liar who said Tomorrow There is ample time He remembers the impulses he curbed and how much joy he sacrificed Every lost chance now mocks his senseless wisdom But from so much thinking and remembering the old man gets dizzy And falls asleep bent over the cafeacute table 1897 In the above poem Cavafy uses as setting the back of the noisy cafeacute where an old man is bent over a table with a newspaper in front of him without company The old mans loneliness is illustrated much more intense in sharp contrast to the noise and the hustle and bustle of the cafeacute Deeply absorbed in his loneliness and in the scorn of his miserable old age the old man cannot help pondering all the chances he missed and all the joys he let go when he was young and had strength and the power of the word and good looks
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