Sappho A New Translation of the Complete Works

ISBN-10: 1107023599

ISBN-13: 9781107023598

Edition: 2014

Authors: Diane J. Rayor, Andr� Lardinois, Sappho

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Sappho, the earliest and most famous Greek woman poet, sang her songs around 600 BCE on the island of Lesbos. Of the little that survives from the nine papyrus scrolls collected in antiquity, all is translated here: substantial poems, fragments, single words - and one nearly complete poem discovered in 2004. Yet the power of Sappho's poetry - her direct style, rich imagery, and passion - is apparent even in these remnants. Diane Rayor's translations of Greek poetry are graceful and poetic, modern in diction yet faithful to the originals. The full range of Sappho's voice is heard in these poems about desire, friendship, rivalry, family, and "passion for the light of life." In the introduction and notes, internationally respected Sappho scholar André Lardinois presents plausible reconstructions of Sappho's life and work, the importance of the recent discovery in understanding the performance of her songs, and the story of how these fragments survived.
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Book details

List price: $117.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/14/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

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.

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