The God Abandons Antony

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"The God Abandons Antony" (Greek: "Απολείπειν ο θεός Αντώνιον", also translated as "The God Forsakes Antony") is a poem by Constantine P. Cavafy, published in 1911. The poem refers to Plutarch's story of how Antony, besieged in Alexandria by Octavian, heard the sounds of instruments and voices of a procession making its way through the city, then passing out; the god Bacchus (Dionysus), Antony's protector, was deserting him.

Leonard Cohen freely adapted the poem for his song "Alexandra Leaving" (Ten New Songs, 2001).[1] Whereas Cavafy's theme was based around the city of Alexandria, Cohen's version builds around a woman named Alexandra.


  1. ^ Leonard Cohen Files

External links[edit]

  • English translation (by Keeley and Sherrard) of the poem at the Official Site of the Cavafy Archive