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  Sappho - LoveToKnow 1911
SAPPHO (7th-6th centuries B.C.), Greek poetess, was a native of Lesbos, contemporary with Alcaeus, Stesichorus and Pittacus, in fact, with the culminating period of Aeolic poetry.
Sappho wrote an ode, in which she severely satirized and rebuked him.
Six comedies entitled Sappho and two Phaon, were produced by the Middle Comedy; but, when we consider, for example, the way in which Socrates was caricatured by Aristophanes, we are justified in putting no faith whatever in such authority.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Sappho   (520 words)

 Isle of Lesbos: Poetry of Sappho
Sappho was called a lyrist because, as was the custom of the time, she wrote her poems to be performed with the accompaniment of a lyre.
Sappho composed her own music and refined the prevailing lyric meter to a point that it is now known as sapphic meter.
That Sappho's poetry was not condemned in her time for its homoerotic content (though it was disparaged by scholars in later centuries) suggests that perhaps love between women was not persecuted then as it has been in more recent times.
www.sappho.com /poetry/sappho.html   (1317 words)

  Sappho - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sappho (Attic Greek Σαπφώ [sapːʰɔː], Aeolic Greek Ψάπφω [psapːʰɔː]) was an Ancient Greek lyric poet, born in Eresos on the island of Lesbos.
Sappho was born into an aristocratic family, which is reflected in the sophistication of her language and the sometimes rarified environments which her verses record.
In the 1960s Mary Barnard reintroduced Sappho to the reading public with a new approach to translation that eschewed the cumbersome use of rhyming stanzas or forms of poetry, such as the sonnet, which were grossly unsuited to Sappho's style.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sappho   (2646 words)

 sappho paper   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sappho was a pioneer of women's expression, and the purpose of this paper is to explore why she is so cherished.
By refusing to separate the sexual from the emotional, Sappho creates a world where women are not mere sex objects: they are people unto themselves who have definite senses of themselves and their friends and are better because of it.
Sappho is a historical poet of mythical proportions and has been represented numerous times in a variety of interpretations in literature and art.
www.perseus.tufts.edu /classes/JLSp.html   (1933 words)

 NOW with Bill Moyers. Arts & Culture. Who Was Sappho? | PBS
Sappho has been called the "greatest lyric poet of ancient Greece," the "first modern poet," and the "Tenth Muse." However, although her name is well-known in our time, the details of her life and work are fragmented and incomplete.
Sappho was a lyrist — writing poetry to be performed with the accompaniment of a lyre — but none of her music has survived.
Sappho was notable in that she refined the prevailing lyric meter of the time, and her unique meter has come to be called "Sapphic meter." She wrote on themes of love, yearning, and reflection, from a personal point-of-view, and describing her experience as a woman, all of which were rare in ancient times.
www.pbs.org /now/arts/sappho.html   (373 words)

 John D'Agata: Stripped-Down Sappho
What we know for certain about Sappho is that she was born sometime at the end of the seventh century B.C.E., that she died sometime at the start of the sixth, and that she lived on the island of Lesbos, in a town called Mytilene, just off the west coast of Turkey.
Even though you are approaching Sappho in translation, that is no reason you should miss the drama of trying to read a papyrus torn in half or riddled with holes or smaller than a postage stamp—brackets imply a free space of imaginal adventure.
Sappho fascinates us because she is there at the beginning of literature, rooted as deeply into the history of human imagination as any other writer.
www.bostonreview.net /BR27.5/dagata.html   (1305 words)

When we speak of Sappho, the poet from the island of Lesbos, and her poetry, we are thinking of something very special, a transcendental kind of poetry which is somehow purer, fairer, lovelier than anything else in the Western world.
Facts are scant and contradictory concerning the life of Sappho, the greatest of the early Greek lyric poets, whom Plato called "the tenth Muse." She was born in either Eressos or Mytilini on the Greek island of Lesvos into an aristrocratic, socially prominent family, and was orphaned at the age of six.
Sappho had a daughter, Cleis, named after her mother according to the tradition of the time; the child's father may have been a wealthy merchant named Cercylas.
www.queertheory.com /histories/s/sappho.htm   (1317 words)

 Sappho's Online
Sappho (650-590 BC), Greek poet, whose poetry was so renowned that Plato referred to her two centuries after her death as the tenth muse.
The fragmentary remains of Sappho's poems indicate that she taught her art to a group of maidens, to whom she was devotedly attached and whose bridal odes she composed when they left her to be married.
Sappho's poems are marked by exquisite beauty of diction, perfect simplicity of form, and intensity of emotion.
www.netusa1.net /~sandlisa/sappho.htm   (330 words)

Sappho speaks of her daughter's beauty: ''I have a beautiful child who is like golden flowers / in form, darling Kleis / in exchange for whom I would not / all Lydia or lovely." Ovid portrays the poetess as short and dark in complexion.
A Fragment of an Ode of Sappho from Longinus, 1815 (priv.
Sappho, a Garland: the Poems and Fragments of Sappho, 1993 (trans.
www.kirjasto.sci.fi /sappho.htm   (1444 words)

Sappho was born in the late 700s BCE on Lesbos, one of the larger islands in the Aegean, near Lydia (now Turkey).
Sappho was probably from an aristocratic family of the city of Mytiline; she probably married and had at least one daughter.
Sappho's Immortal Daughters, which discuss the poems in the light of the social and political background and of attitudes toward sexuality; quotes from Sappho are given in Williamson's translation.
home.infionline.net /~ddisse/sappho.html   (1947 words)

 Sappho, the Poetess of Ancient Greece
Sappho and Erinna at Mytelene by Simeon Solomon
Sappho is alluding to the arrival of the dawn as the arrival of the goddess Eos announcing the beginning of a new day with her rosy fingers and golden slippers.
Sappho composed her own music and refined the prevailing lyric meter to a point that it is now known as sapphic meter." Reference.
www.fjkluth.com /sappho.html   (2855 words)

 Amazon.ca: If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho: Books: Sappho,Anne Carson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sappho suggests we make him our material, fashion from him a shape for our desires, a shape that sublimates the desire and makes something beautiful out of a crisis we find dreadful or intolerable.
Sappho has been famed since antiquity for the calm with which she regards the passion sweeping her away.
Regarding Sappho, she was one of the nine muses of ancient Greece, and in particular the muse of poetry and certainly not without a reason.
www.amazon.ca /If-Not-Winter-Fragments-Sappho/dp/0375410678   (2524 words)

 Sappho (7th Century B.C.)
Sappho appears to have been the center of a luxurious society in Lesbos, devoted to art, poetry, and all forms of culture; and she collected around her a sisterhood of girl friends and pupils, with whom she formed a school of poetry and art.
She was believed by the ancients to have been small in person, dark, with bright eyes, and of vivid passions; but all that is personal of her, her loves and her jealousies, has been completely overlaid with late and unfounded legend.
Symonds says: "Of all the poets of the world, Sappho is the one whose every word has a seal of absolute perfection and inimitable grace." It may be that her range was restrained to the praise of beauty and the expression of passion.
www.usefultrivia.com /biographies/sappho_001.html   (424 words)

 Sappho - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sappho (Attic Greek Σαπφω, Aeolic Greek Ψαπφα, Sapphô) was an Ancient Greek poet, from the city of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, which was a cultural centre in the 7th century BC.
Sappho, daughter of Scamander and Cleïs, was married (Attic comedy says to a wealthy merchant, but that is apocryphal) and had a daughter also named Cleïs.
As far as history is concerned, Sappho came from a noble family, had three brothers, married and had at least one daughter, was exiled to Syracuse for political reasons, returned in 581 BC, and died at old age.
www.egnu.org /thelemapedia/index.php/Sappho   (785 words)

 Mythography | The Greek Poet Sappho
Sappho was an ancient Greek poet who infused her works with intense emotions - especially love, desire, longing, and their companion, suffering.
In some respects, they could be termed "romantic", but Sappho transcends her subject with such a moving, insightful, and poignant power that the poems are still highly relevant even today.
In honor of her contributions to Greek poetry and music, Sappho is sometimes referred to as the "tenth Muse".
www.loggia.com /myth/sappho.html   (399 words)

 Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, page 706 (v. 3)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
SAPPHO (5a7r<£cy, or, in her own Aeolic dia­lect, ^azr^a), one of the two great leaders of the Aeolian school of lyric poetry (Alcaeus being the other), was a native of Mytilene, or, as some said, of Eresos, in Lesbos.
The period at which Sappho flourished is deter­mined by the concurrent statements of various writers, and by allusions in the fragments of her own works.
That Sappho did not die young, is pretty clear from the general tenor of the statements respecting her, and from her application to herself of the epithet y^pairepa.
www.ancientlibrary.com /smith-bio/3040.html   (898 words)

 The Divine Sappho
Peterson's 116 verse translations of Sappho in The Lyric Songs of the Greeks (1918) include several fragments that were unknown to Wharton.
Translations by Edwin Morgan and Lachlan Mackinnon of a newly recognized fragment of Sappho discovered in a papyrus at the University of Cologne.
Paula Saffire sings Songs of Sappho The noted author and lecturer sings in English and Greek, at Butler U. · NPR's Book club of the air: Sappho, includes a visit by Mary Barnard, readings of Sappho's fragments, and talk of Sappho and her poetry.
www.classicpersuasion.org /pw/sappho/index.htm   (917 words)

Sappho, the female poet, is being assimilated as much as possible to the male, in order to neutralize her.
Sappho is a woman, independent of any demonstrable civic role, a lyric poet performing solo songs, who also writes choral works for private marriage ceremonies, singing often to individual women, with whom she is in love.
Sappho is not serving as a priestess to girls; she is attending a banquet with friends.
mkatz.web.wesleyan.edu /Images2/cciv243.Parker.html   (9092 words)

Sappho was a teacher of young woman and the record suggests that her approach to human relationships was based on mutuality.
Sappho undertook to inspire the Lesbian women with a taste for literature; many of them received instructions from her, and foreign women increased the number of her disciples.
Sappho joined the CBA in 1991 when she became a pitcher for the Vestal Virgins, CBA's team of interesting women.
www.cosmicbaseball.com /sapphomp.html   (1623 words)

 Rettig: Sappho
Sappho calls on Aphrodite to descend with her chariot drawn by sparrows as she did before, and repair her 'tortured heart" by smiling on her and assuring her that her love will return her love even if unwillingly.
She describes the man sitting next to her love as a god, yet he seems godlike primarily because he is the object of her attentions, because he can see her and hear her soft, sweet voice and her laughter.
To take the bawdy incidences depicted in Greek comedy as a basis for sappho's life is to reduce her biography to the absurd.
mockingbird.creighton.edu /worldlit/works/rettig/sappho.htm   (1321 words)

Sappho does not seems to worry about how she can be a woman and a poet.
The book compares Sappho to 'male lyric poetry', but this is not a useful generic boundary, by any plausible definition, whether emic or etic, except for the makers of anthologies: a convention of modern scholarly organization.
The proper sphere of comparison for Sappho, in other words, is either narrower than it is here - for her work other than the epithalamia, other poetry apparently intended for sung performance among groups of friendsÜor broader, archaic Greek discourse in general.
scholar.lib.vt.edu /ejournals/ElAnt/V4N2/scodel.html   (1220 words)

 Sappho: namesake for sappho.geophys.mcgill.ca []   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Even in their original state, the poems by the woman who really invented personal poetry were very short, between four and thirty lines and no one else in Greece was to follow this path which seemed too narrow for those used to epics, great odes or tragedies.
No to the democratic tyranny which was to destroy the aristocratic society in which she was a leading figure (and it exiled her!) and no again, sometimes to the gods.
Sappho was finally the first in an often tragic line of people accused in the trials that morality imposes on genius.
travesti.geophys.mcgill.ca /~olivia/SAPPHO   (403 words)

 Two Poems by Sappho   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sappho was born somewhere around 630 bc on the Greek island Lesbos.
Sappho had both male and female lovers, and it is her island which gave its name to the love between women.
The first is Sappho remembering a lost love; the second is an ode to her daughter, Cleis.
www.ship.edu /~cgboeree/sappho.html   (200 words)

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