If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 12, 2009 - Poetry - 416 pages
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By combining the ancient mysteries of Sappho with the contemporary wizardry of one of our most fearless and original poets,If Not, Winterprovides a tantalizing window onto the genius of a woman whose lyric power spans millennia.

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.”

"Sappho's verse has been elevated to new heights in [this] gorgeous translation." --The New York Times

"Carson is in many ways [Sappho's] ideal translator....Her command of language is hones to a perfect edge and her approach to the text, respectful yet imaginative, results in verse that lets Sappho shine forth." --Los Angeles Times
 

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•Greek Lyric: Sappho Alcaeus, tr. David A Campbell, Loeb 1990 •If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, tr. Anne Carson, Virago 2002 •Stung With Love: Poems and Fragments, tr. Aaron Poochigian, Penguin ... Read full review

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User Review  - VirginiaGill - LibraryThing

Never has a book of poetry made me so sad. The beauty of the few fragments of Sappho's work that remain make the absense of all the rest seem that much greater a loss. I know I will open this book often and lose myself in all those empty spaces. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
IF NOT WINTER
NOTES
WHOS WHO
SOME EXEMPLARY TESTIMONIA
Copyright

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ANNE CARSON was born in Canada and has been a professor of Classics for over thirty years. Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations.

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