The Complete Poems of Sappho

The Complete Poems of Sappho


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The Complete Poems of Sappho 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sappho's poetry speaks volumes on the timeless conditions of love as seen from such poems as, "Anactoria", and the less known,"Goatheard", Barnestone sympathizes that though her love was deep, she felt the slings of loves device and "...she danced in chains."
CarolHND More than 1 year ago
The man seems to me strong as a god, the man who sits across from you and listens to your sweet talk nearby and your lovely laughter--which, when I hear it, strikes fear in the heart in my breast. For whenever I glance at you, it seems that I can say nothing at all but my tongue is broken in silence, and that instant a light fire rushes beneath my skin, I can no longer see anything in my eyes and my ears are thundering, and cold sweat pours down me, and shuddering grasps me all over, and I am greener than grass, and I seem to myself to be little short of death But all is endurable, since even a poor man ...
Dierckx More than 1 year ago
The title of my review is a fragment of a famous poem by Sappho. I challenge you to find that poem. If you do let me know. Do I have to introduce Sappho? From Antiquity till now she's a shining star. According to Plato she was the tenth muse and someone called her poetry "as refreshing as a morning breeze". Is Sappho a les...? By many readers Sappho is regarded as such. I'm not saying that this isn't true but to answer that question we should know her better because too little is left of her work to say anything with certainty. In Antiquity decent women were supposed to work in the kitchen and to raise their children, nothing more. But there were exceptions. More or less 150 years after Homer's Iliad, Sappho lived on the island of L..., west off the coast of what's modern Turkey. Her poems are vivid and she needs only a few words to describe essential human feelings. For instance she calls solitude: "this icy numbness of being alone". Sappho excels also in describing nature - something you won't find often in Ancient literature. " Wedding of Andromache " is one of the most vivid descriptions in the poetry of Antiquity. It gives an almost journalistic account of the homecoming of Hector and Andromache. ( Nice to know: from Sappho's poems remain about 500 lines. All Tragedies by Aeschylus have a total of 8144 lines. Conclusion: What's left of Sappho's poems is almost next to nothing.) Barnstone gives a translation in modern and easy to read English. It renders the delicacy and tenderness of Sappho's poems.