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Poems of Sappho

Author: Sappho; John Maxwell Edmunds
Publisher: Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, Inc., 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Plato hailed her as "the Tenth Muse," and 2,500 years later her voice remains dazzling as well as direct and honest. Sappho, a lyric poet from the Greek island of Lesbos, wrote verse that sings to both sexes of desire, rapture, and sorrow. Praised for their simplicity and sincerity, her poems nevertheless evoke powerful and memorable images as well as a sense of unreserved eroticism. Her focus on emotion and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Poetry
Translations
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Sappho.
Poems of Sappho.
Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, Inc., 2018
(DLC) 2017042684
(OCoLC)987283260
Named Person: Sappho; Sappho.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sappho; John Maxwell Edmunds
ISBN: 9780486828213 0486828212
OCLC Number: 1021179566
Description: 1 online resource.
Responsibility: translated and with an introduction by John Maxwell Edmunds.

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Plato hailed her as "the Tenth Muse," and 2,500 years later her voice remains dazzling as well as direct and honest. Sappho, a lyric poet from the Greek island of Lesbos, wrote verse that sings to both sexes of desire, rapture, and sorrow. Praised for their simplicity and sincerity, her poems nevertheless evoke powerful and memorable images as well as a sense of unreserved eroticism. Her focus on emotion and individualism sets her work apart from that of her contemporaries, lending it an intimacy that foreshadows modern poetry. Details about Sappho's life are largely unknown; she is thought to have lived sometime between 612'570 B.C.E., and her poetry was read and admired throughout the ancient world. Today her poems survive in fragmentary form, and she is best known as a symbol of female homosexuality, having inspired the terms "sapphic" and "lesbian." This concise collection of her surviving works features an informative Introduction by translator J. M. Edmonds.

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