This small collection served its purpose: introducing me to Sappho.
I read everything out loud twice and fell in love, but these pages only scratched the surface. It was a glimpse of the lake I might someday drown inside.
I will seek poetry from Sappho again (different translators, so I can grasp nuances lost) with more context about her life.
Poetry, Queer, Romance
‘Yes, we did many things, then – all
Lyrical, powerful poems about love, sexuality, sun-soaked Greece and the gods.
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Sappho (c.630-570 BCE). Sappho’s Stung with Love is available in Penguin Classics.
6 jan 2023
9 jan 2023
This was a good collection (and I enjoyed every poem), but too short.
It was a good introduction to Sappho’s poetry, but lacked some elements I craved: there was no mention of the original archaic Greek words, no footnotes, no preface, no context… I started wondering how certain phrases were interpreted by the translator and what their choices were.
I will return to Sappho someday, with more scholarly sources. My curiosity has been awakened, not quenched.
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