Poems and Fragments

ISBN-10: 0872205916
ISBN-13: 9780872205918
Edition: 2002
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Description: A new Sappho by a master poet and translator that treats the fragments as aesthetic wholes, complete in their fragmentariness, and which is also, as the translator puts it: ''ever mindful of performative qualities, quality of voice, changes of  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

A new Sappho by a master poet and translator that treats the fragments as aesthetic wholes, complete in their fragmentariness, and which is also, as the translator puts it: ''ever mindful of performative qualities, quality of voice, changes of voice...".

Sappho, whom Plato (see Vols. 3 and 4) called "the tenth Muse," was the greatest of the early Greek lyric poets. She was born at Mytilene on Lesbos and was a member---perhaps the head---of a group of women who honored the Muses and Aphrodite. Her family was aristocratic; it is said that she was married and had a daughter. Her brilliant love lyrics, marriage songs, and hymns to the gods are written in Aeolic dialect in many meters, one of which is named for her---the Sapphic. Mostly fragments survive of the nine books she is thought to have authored. Her verse is simple and direct, exquisitely passionate and vivid. Catullus, Ovid, and Swinburne (see Vol. 1) were among the many later poets she influenced.

Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics, University of Kansas.

Pamela Gordon is Associate Professor of Classics, University of Kansas.

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