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University of California Press, 1958 - Literary Criticism - 114 pages
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These hundred poems and fragments constitute virtually all of Sappho that survives and effectively bring to life the woman whom the Greeks consider to be their greatest lyric poet. Mary Barnard's translations are lean, incisive, direct--the best ever published. She has rendered the beloved poet's verses, long the bane of translators, more authentically than anyone else in English.

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User Review  - sighedtosleep - LibraryThing

I’d be lying if I said that love isn’t one of my favorite subjects. It’s obvious that Sappho is a wonderfully gifted poet. I wish that I could read the poems in their entirety, but sometimes the ... Read full review

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User Review  - joririchardson - LibraryThing

When I first flipped through this short book of Ancient Greek poetry, I was struck by a vague feeling of wary doubt that I would enjoy it. All of the poems were so short, and most that I glanced over ... Read full review


asked myself 5 And I said
At noontime
took my lyre and said 9 Although they
That afternoon 11 We heard them chanting
Its no
People do gossip
Peace reigned in heaven 15 When I saw Eros
You are the herdsman of evening
Sleep darling
Although clumsy
Tomorrow you had better

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Mary Barnard studied Greek at Reed College and began to translate at Ezra Pound's instigation in the 1930s. Her Assault on Mount Helicon: A Literary Memoir was published by the University of California Press in 1984. Two years later she received the Western States Book Award for her book-length poem, Time and the White Tigress. She has also published prose fiction and a volume of essays on mythology as well as the original lyrics gathered in Collected Poems, 1979.

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