Daughters of Sappho

Daughters of Sappho

by Rae Dalven
     
 

Daughters of Sappho is an anthology of twenty-five contemporary Greek women poets, represented by some of their best poems in new translations by Rae Dalven. Presenting the poets in chronological order and providing full biographical and bibliographical accounts of them, this collection shows the gradual development of Greek women's verse from sentimental romanticism…  See more details below

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Daughters of Sappho is an anthology of twenty-five contemporary Greek women poets, represented by some of their best poems in new translations by Rae Dalven. Presenting the poets in chronological order and providing full biographical and bibliographical accounts of them, this collection shows the gradual development of Greek women's verse from sentimental romanticism to various forms of modernism and post-modernism. In the first two decades of this century, poetry was identified with male literature, and Greek women poets were discriminated against by this patriarchal society. Maria Polydhouri (1902-30) wrote romantic and erotic poetry because love was the only subject acceptable for women. She is included in this anthology because she was the first contemporary Greek woman poet to gain prominence beyond the borders of Greece. The thirties, on the other hand, were a period of social fragmentation and political chaos, and a period of unexpected change in poetry, inspired by George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis. Seferis, the most distinguished poet of the period, bound his classical heritage to the tragic fate of his own generation in demotic speech and free verse. It was also the time when the literary magazine Nea Grammata gave support to the new tendencies in poetry. During these years, a new type of woman poet emerged, determined to combat the intellectual decadence and poetic sterility of the time. To achieve their identity as poets, and as citizens in a man's world, they emulated Sappho for her language, the free expression of her emotions, and her dedication to the pursuit of individual freedom for women. They re-evaluated their familiar classic myths and applied them to their own contemporary world. It was during the thirties that most of these contemporary Greek woman poets broke forever from the shackles of meter and rhyme and wrote in free verse, and in the demotic language. They also turned their attention to the European scene to broaden their poetic o

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ISBN-13:
9780838634707
Publisher:
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Pages:
261

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