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Works: 348 works in 523 publications in 7 languages and 17,908 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Musical settings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Songs  Live sound recordings  Art music  Symphonies  Biography  Love poetry  Chamber music 
Roles: Author, Librettist, Bibliographic antecedent, Lyricist
Classifications: PA4408.E5, 884.2
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Most widely held works about Sappho
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Most widely held works by Sappho
Sappho by Sappho( Book )

12 editions published between 1938 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Keuze uit het werk van de Griekse dichteres (600 v.Chr.) met vertaling
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
In shadow, in light : music of Steven Stucky by Steven Stucky( )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stung with love : poems and fragments by Sappho( Book )

2 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the poems and fragments of the ancient Greek poet's surviving work, displaying the wide variety of themes in her work, from amorous songs celebrating adolescent females to poems of invocation, desire, spite, celebration, and remembrance
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

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

Cinque frammenti di Saffo : per una voce e orchestra da camera by Luigi Dallapiccola( )

1 edition published in 1943 in Italian and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The love songs of Sappho by Sappho( Book )

2 editions published between 1966 and 1991 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Called the "Tenth Muse" by the ancients, Greece's greatest female lyric poet Sappho (ca. 610-580 B.C.E.) spent the majority of her life on the famed island of Lesbos. Passionate and breathtaking, her poems survive only in fragments, following religious conspiracies to silence her. This excellent translation includes Roche's brilliant essay, "Portrait of Sappho."
Poems and fragments by Sappho( Book )

5 editions published between 1927 and 2002 in English and held by 95 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

Poetarum Lesbiorum fragmenta by Edgar Lobel( Book )

2 editions published between 1955 and 1963 in Greek, Ancient and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irreveries from Sappho by Elizabeth Vercoe( )

8 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Gedichte Anakreons und der Sappho; Oden by Johann Nikolaus Götz( Book )

2 editions published in 1970 in German and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Messa di requiem ; Tre composizioni corali ; Due composizioni corali by Ildebrando Pizzetti( Recording )

1 edition published in 1991 in Latin and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To touch the sky ; If I were a swan ; Symphony no. 4 : "From Mission San Juan" by Kevin Puts( Recording )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long ago by Sappho( Book )

2 editions published in 1897 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Due liriche di Saffo : per canto e pianoforte by Goffredo Petrassi( )

5 editions published between 1942 and 1975 in Italian and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gedichten by Sappho( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in Dutch and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gedichten van de Griekse schrijfster (ca. 600 voor Chr.)
Hesiod by Hesiod( Book )

2 editions published in 1832 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Audience level: 0.40 (from 0.04 for Early Gree ... to 0.88 for Gedichten ...)

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 SapphoStung with love : poems and fragmentsPoems and fragmentsFictions of Sappho, 1546-19377 GreeksSappho and the Virgin Mary : same-sex love and the English literary imaginationAglaia : the poetry of Alcman, Sappho, Pindar, Bacchylides, and Corinna