Greek poetry: "Ithaca" by Constantine Cavafy
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Greek poetry: "Ithaca" by Constantine Cavafy

"Ithaca" by Constantine P. Cavafy suggests a solution on how to overcome self created life obstacles
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Created by Irene Karageorgos
Last updated 6/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • discover the life course of a non-conventional and world famous poet
  • appreciate the value of the journey towards the goal
  • fully comprehend the meaning of the poet word by word
  • face your fears by understanding that they are common challenges easy to overcome once you decide to deal with them one by one
  • achieve higher familiarity with Greek native speaking
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  • Desire to learn Greek

Learn better Greek and discover the true value of life in your own “Ithaka".

Poetry is a primitive state of the human mind, aiming to translate feelings into words.

Greek is a very rich language and via “Ithaca" you will be benefited spiritually and also practice at the same time. The course is methodically structured in order to facilitate an easy and joyful learning using Greek native speaking by a Greek language teacher and the respective English subtitles.

It's a challenge that once taken, it will evolve you spiritually as well as linguistically.

This course is a life lesson. A personal creation with timeless source of inspiration and full value verses of the poem "Ithaca". A lesson inspired from an unconventional personality, a strong thought of how we can freely enjoy our lives. Cavafy through the verses of this poem gives meaningful and effective tips on how to succeed in finding the meaning of life. It shows us the way .... for "Ithaca" , but Ithaca should we define it according to our own wants and with our own needs. But what we can do with the obstacles that we often find on our way, our barriers that deny freedom in our soul and life? How can we overcome and get stronger? If accountant already that most obstacles we create ourselves, our own thinking, we will understand that it is our own responsibility for conservation or for their separation. What should we do if we choose to go without them? Cavafy, gives the solution on how to overcome these obstacles and difficulties created by our thoughts .. It is a lesson we addressed at all but actually intended for those few, the elect, for those who can and want to realize ... for the strong ... Enjoy the journey of life! Disengaged from the bonds you hold with your guide the 'Ithaca' ... to make your own Ithaca ...

Who is the target audience?
  • For those who are taking or had taken lessons in Greek and have a need to become more familiar with the Greek native language via a well known poem enriched with a vast variety of questions
  • For those who enjoy interpreting human experiences via poetry
  • For those interested in getting a first close encounter with Greek poetry and most specifically the poems of Constantine Cavafy
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Curriculum For This Course
Biography Constantine Cavafy
4 Lectures 04:44
Cavafy's work
2 Lectures 02:55

characteristics of his poetry
1 Lecture 02:21
4 Lectures 09:09
poem introductory elements

poem language

poem theme

poem symbolism interpretation
15 Lectures 23:08

verses 4-8 analysis

verses 9-12 analysis

verses 13 analysis

verses 14-16 analysis

verses 17-19 analysis

verses 20-21 analysis

verses 22-23 analysis

verses 13-23 analysis

verses 24-25 analysis

verses 26-28 analysis

verses 29-30 analysis

verses 31-33 analysis

verses 34-36 analysis

message poem

Where Constantine Cavafy was born?
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When Constantine Cavafy was born?
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When did Cavafy die?
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What was the name of his mother?
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Did Cavafy speak French?
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Did he attend any University?
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What jobs did Cavafy do?
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From what did Cavafy died?
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At what age did Cavafy died?
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How many are Cavafy's renowned poems?
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Is the poetry of Cavafy considered precursor?
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Did Cavafy published his poems while he was alive?
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When was this poem written?
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In which category?
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According to this poem what matters most in life?
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What does "Ithaca" symbolize?
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The traveler in this poem starts a journey to Ithaca?
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The traveler in this poem returns back to Ithaca?
1 question
About the Instructor
Irene Karageorgos
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Greek Language Instructor

I studied Greek literature at the University of Ioannina and have specialized in teaching of Greek as a second language or as a foreign one. I, also, have attended training seminars on immigrants’ education in Greek language, history and culture.

My research interests are based on science education, with an emphasis on research and teaching of the Greek language and history to foreigners. My scientific experience is related to intercultural education programs and my writing activity includes training materials and publications

Through mine multicultural experience I acknowledge the difficulties of learning Greek and I focus on each student. I believe adults can learn a second language in a short time period if the appropriate approach is used. Content standardization, well defined learning objectives and the use of over learning based on repetition and response drills are the key components of his approach. I love sports, history, travelling and exchanging experiences with different cultures and civilizations.