Sappho: The Poems

Sappho: The Poems

by Sappho, Jeanne Morgan, Sasha (Translator) Newborn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0942208110

ISBN-13: 9780942208115

Pub. Date: 01/28/1993

Publisher: Bandanna Books

Sappho was perhaps the originator of the personal poetry genre. She lived on Lesbos a hundred years before the rise of Athens to pre-eminence. Long after her death, Plato praised her work as that of the Tenth Muse. Later eras, especially the early Christian church, saw her work as abominable because she dealt openly with sex and with feelings, so that her work was…  See more details below

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Sappho was perhaps the originator of the personal poetry genre. She lived on Lesbos a hundred years before the rise of Athens to pre-eminence. Long after her death, Plato praised her work as that of the Tenth Muse. Later eras, especially the early Christian church, saw her work as abominable because she dealt openly with sex and with feelings, so that her work was almost totally obliterated. A few new pieces emerged in 1950. Many poets have undertaken to translate her work. Sasha Newborn's version is personable, not academic.
A Teacher's edition, the Supplement Edition of Sappho (www.createspace.com/3683159), contains a wealth of critical comment and background information on Sappho, her poetry, and her times; this was also compiled by Sasha Newborn.
Sappho spoke in Aeolian Greek, and developed musical modes as well. She ran a school for girls that involved performances, presumably of her work as well as others, which would have combined dance, music, and poetry.
Unlike the other great Greek poets, she did not write epics, only a few laudatory odes, and no drinking songs. Her delicately nuanced lines convey much more than the words on the page; one might call it an openness to life.

Another book that centers on love, from the male perspective, is Dante and His Circle (www.createspace.com/4024060), poetry by the young Dante and more than a dozen Italian poets reviving and refining the rediscovery of love that the Troubadours had celebrated.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780942208115
Publisher:
Bandanna Books
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Series:
Humanist Classics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
58
Sales rank:
1,412,817
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Table of Contents

1Tell everyone
2We shall enjoy it
3Standing by my bed
4I asked myself
5And I said
6I confess
7At noontime
8I took my lyre and said
9Although they are
10That afternoon
11We heard them chanting
12It's no use
13People do gossip
14Peace reigned in heaven
15When I saw Eros
16You are the herdsman of evening
17Sleep, darling
18Although clumsy
19Tomorrow you had better
20We put the urn aboard ship
21Cyprian, in my dream
22In the spring twilight
23And their feet move
24Awed by her splendor
25Now, while we dance
26The evening star
27It is time now
28For her sake
29Hymen Hymenaon!
30We drink your health
31Bridesmaids' carol I
32Bridesmaids' carol II
33They're locked in, oh!
34Lament for a maidenhead
35You wear her livery
36Why am I crying?
37You know the place: then
38Prayer to my lady of Paphos
39He is more than a hero
40Yes, Atthis, you may be sure
41To an army wife, in Sardis
42I have had not one word from her
43It was you, Atthis, who said
44Without warning
45If you will come
46Thank you, my dear
47I was so happy
48Now I know why Eros
49She was dressed well
50But you, monkey face
51I was proud of you, too
52After all this
53With his venom
54Afraid of losing you
55It is clear now
56Day in, day out
57You will say
58Tell me
59I said, Sappho
60You may forget but
61Pain penetrates
62The nightingale's
63Last night
64Tonight I've watched
65Persuasion
66Many's the time
67At my age
68That was different
69This way, that way
70My lovely friends
71I ask you, sir, to
72Of course I love you
73Yes, it is pretty
74I hear that Andromeda
75Well!
76Sappho, when some fool
77Strange to say
78I taught the talented
79Really, Gorgo
80As you love me
81Greetings of Gorgo
82Rich as you are
83Don't ask me what to wear
84If you are squeamish
85Before they were mothers
86Experience shows us
87We know this much
88Say what you please
89Then the god of war
90As for the exiles
91In memory
92Do you remember
93Be kind to me
94You remind me
95When they were tired
96The gods bless you
97I have often asked you
98It is the Muses
99Must I remind you, Cleis
100I have no compliant
A Footnote to These Translations
Notes
Bibliography
Descriptive Index

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