Sappho: The Poems

Sappho: The Poems

by Sappho, Jeanne Morgan, Sasha (Translator) Newborn
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

1.Tell everyone
2.We shall enjoy it
Part 1
3.Standing by my bed
4.I asked myself
5.And I said
6.I confess
7.At noontime
8.I took my lyre and said
9.Although they are
10.That afternoon
11.We heard them chanting
12.It's no use
13.People do gossip
14.Peace reigned in heaven
15.When I saw Eros
16.You are the herdsman of evening
17.Sleep, darling
18.Although clumsy
19.Tomorrow you had better
20.We put the urn aboard ship
21.Cyprian, in my dream
22.In the spring twilight
23.And their feet move
24.Awed by her splendor
25.Now, while we dance
Part 2Epithalamia
26.The evening star
27.It is time now
28.For her sake
29.Hymen Hymenaon!
30.We drink your health
31.Bridesmaids' carol I
32.Bridesmaids' carol II
33.They're locked in, oh!
34.Lament for a maidenhead
35.You wear her livery
36.Why am I crying?
Part 3
37.You know the place: then
38.Prayer to my lady of Paphos
39.He is more than a hero
40.Yes, Atthis, you may be sure
41.To an army wife, in Sardis
42.I have had not one word from her
43.It was you, Atthis, who said
Part 4
44.Without warning
45.If you will come
46.Thank you, my dear
47.I was so happy
48.Now I know why Eros
49.She was dressed well
50.But you, monkey face
51.I was prod of you, too
52.After all this
53.With his venom
54.Afraid of losing you
55.It is clear now
56.Day in, day out
57.You will say
58.Tell me
59.I said, Sappho
60.You may forget but
61.Pain penetrates
Part 5
62.The nightingale's
63.Last night
64.Tonight I've watched
65.Persuasion
66.Many's the time
67.At my age
68.That was different
69.This way, that way
70.My lovely friends
71.I ask you, sir, to
72.Of course I love you
73.Yes, it is pretty
74.I hear that Andromeda
75.Well!
76.Sappho, when some fool
77.Strange to say
78.I taught the talented
79.Really, Gorgo
80.As you love me
81.Greetings to Gorgo
82.Rich as you are
83.Don't ask me what to wear
Part 6
84.If you are squeamish
85.Before they were mothers
86.Experience shows us
87.We know this much
88.Say what you please
89.Then the god of war
90.As for the exiles
91.In memory
92.Do you remember
93.Be kind to me
94.You remind me
95.When they were tired
96.The gods bless you
97.I have often asked you
98.It is the Muses
99.Must I remind you, Cleis
100.I have no complaint
A Footnote to These Translations95
Notes107
Bibliography111
Descriptive Index112

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