If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 12, 2009 - Poetry - 416 pages
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Of the nine books of lyrics the ancient Greek poet Sappho is said to have composed, only one poem has survived complete. The rest are fragments. In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho’s fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the ragged scraps of papyrus that preserve them, inviting a thrill of discovery and conjecture that can be described only as electric—or, to use Sappho’s words, as “thin fire . . . racing under skin.” By combining the ancient mysteries of Sappho with the contemporary wizardry of one of our most fearless and original poets, If Not, Winter provides a tantalizing window onto the genius of a woman whose lyric power spans millennia.


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Contents

INTRODUCTION
IF NOT WINTER
NOTES
WHOS WHO
SOME EXEMPLARY TESTIMONIA
Copyright

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Anne Carson lives in Canada.


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