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Works: 370 works in 956 publications in 8 languages and 24,977 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Musical settings  Drama  Biography  Music  Love poetry  Chamber music  Songs  Scores  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Other, Lyricist, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PA4408.E5, 884.2
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Most widely held works by Sappho
Sappho by Sappho( Book )

3 editions published between 1958 and 1962 in English and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These hundred poems and fragments constitute virtually all of "Sappho" that survives and effectively bring to life the woman whom the Greeks consider to be their greatest lyric poet. Mary Barnard's translations are lean, incisive, direct - the best ever published. She has rendered the beloved poet's verses, long the bane of translators, more authentically than anyone else in English
In shadow, in light : music of Steven Stucky by Steven Stucky( )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetry of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today, thousands of years after her birth, in lands remote from her native island of Lesbos and in languages that did not exist when she wrote her poetry in Aeolic Greek, Sappho remains an important name among lovers of poetry and poets alike, . Celebrated throughout antiquity as the supreme Greek poet of love and of the personal lyric, noted especially for her limpid fusion of formal poise, lucid insight, and incandescent passion, today her poetry is also prized for its uniquely vivid participation in a living paganism. Collected in an edition of nine scrolls by scholars in the second century BC, Sappho's poetry largely disappeared when the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople in 1204. All that remained was one poem and a handful of quoted passages . A century ago papyrus fragments recovered in Egypt added a half dozen important texts to Sappho's surviving works. In 2004 a new complete poem was deciphered and published. By far the most significant discovery in a hundred years, it offers a new and tellingly different example of Sappho's poetic art and reveals another side of the poet, thinking about aging and about the transmission of culture from one generation to the next. Jim Powell's translations represent a unique combination of poetic mastery in English verse and a deep schlolarly engagement with Sappho's ancient Greek. They are incomparably faithful to the literal sense of the Greek poems and, simultaneously, to their forms, preserving the original meters and stanzas while exactly replicating the dramatic action of their sequences of disclosure and the passionate momentum of their sentences. Powell's translations have often been anthologized and selected for use in textbooks, winning recognition among discerning readers as far the best versions in English
Messa di requiem ; Tre composizioni corali ; Due composizioni corali by Ildebrando Pizzetti( )

2 editions published in 1991 in Latin and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient and modern images of Sappho : translations and studies in archaic Greek love lyric by Jeffrey M Duban( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kleemation ; and other works by Elizabeth Vercoe( )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The songs of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

8 editions published between 1891 and 1942 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De meeste gedichten in verschillende vertaalversies onder elkaar
Cinque frammenti di Saffo : per una voce e orchestra da camera by Luigi Dallapiccola( )

13 editions published between 1943 and 1996 in 5 languages and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Another sleep : nineteen songs for medium voice and piano by Ned Rorem( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Gedichte Anakreons und der Sappho; Oden by Anacreon( Book )

36 editions published between 1567 and 1990 in 6 languages and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

LA variations ; Five images after Sappho ; Giro ; Mania ; Gambit by Esa-Pekka Salonen( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetarum Lesbiorum fragmenta by Edgar Lobel( Book )

6 editions published between 1955 and 1968 in Greek, Ancient and Latin and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sappho : one hundred lyrics by Bliss Carman( Book )

17 editions published between 1904 and 1930 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems and fragments by Sappho( Book )

7 editions published between 1927 and 2002 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sketches of Greece by Stella Doufexis( )

4 editions published in 2006 in German and French and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek and Latin anthology thought into English verse by W Stebbing( Book )

2 editions published in 1923 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irreveries from Sappho by Elizabeth Vercoe( )

10 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poem ; Songs ; Legong dreams ; Three rhapsodies( Recording )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of Sappho; an interpretative rendition into English by John Myers O'Hara( Book )

5 editions published between 1910 and 2016 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an early 20th century attempt to weave the fragments of Sappho into a set of complete poems. The translator is building on the consensus view of Sappho at the time
The new fragments of Alcaeus, Sappho and Corinna; the text by J. M Edmonds( Book )

8 editions published in 1909 in Greek, Ancient and English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names


Saffo, ca. 600 v.Chr.


Safo de Lesbos

Safo de Mitilene


Safu, ca. 600 v.Chr.



Sapfo, ca. 600 v.Chr.


Sapho, ca. 600 v.Chr.



Sappho Lyrica

Sappho, van Lesbos, ca. 600 v.Chr.


Sapphus, ca. 600 v.Chr.









사포 (시인)



萨福, ca. 600 v.Chr.

The poetry of SapphoPoems and fragmentsSappho's lyre : archaic lyric and women poets of ancient GreeceFictions of Sappho, 1546-19377 GreeksSappho and the Virgin Mary : same-sex love and the English literary imaginationThe love songs of Sappho