The Love Songs of Sappho

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Prometheus Books, 1991 - Poetry - 251 pages
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Called the "Tenth Muse" by the ancients, Greece's greatest female lyric poet Sappho (ca. 610-580 b.c.e.) spent the majority of her life on the famed island of Lesbos. Passionate and breathtaking, Sappho's poems survive only in fragments following religious conspiracies to silence her. Sappho penned immortal verse on the intense power of the female libido; on the themes of romance, love, yearning, heartbreak, and personal relationships with women. This work retains the standard numerical order of the fragments and has been arranged in six sections. Distinguished poet and lecturer Paul Roche's translation of The Love Songs of Sappho is enhanced with his brilliant essay, "Portrait of Sappho," as well as a lucid historical introduction by celebrated feminist and classicist Page duBois.

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User Review  - Christina Wright - Goodreads

There is a reason the Greeks called her "the ninth muse." Her poetry is raw and pulls at your heart strings. Read full review

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User Review  - Peregrine 12 - Goodreads

As far as ancient poetry goes, this was pretty good. Some of Sappho's allusions to love and lust were pretty steamy, too, if I may say so (in a nerdy 'I dig this ancient book' kind of way). I read ... Read full review


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Sappho, whom Plato (see Vols. 3 and 4) called "the tenth Muse," was the greatest of the early Greek lyric poets. She was born at Mytilene on Lesbos and was a member---perhaps the head---of a group of women who honored the Muses and Aphrodite. Her family was aristocratic; it is said that she was married and had a daughter. Her brilliant love lyrics, marriage songs, and hymns to the gods are written in Aeolic dialect in many meters, one of which is named for her---the Sapphic. Mostly fragments survive of the nine books she is thought to have authored. Her verse is simple and direct, exquisitely passionate and vivid. Catullus, Ovid, and Swinburne (see Vol. 1) were among the many later poets she influenced.

JAMES BARRETT, ASIC, CID, CLIA, is the founder of James Barrett Associates, Inc., in Roseland, New Jersey. He has designed more than 260 golf course irrigation systems.
BRIAN VINCHESI, ASIC, CID, CIC, CLIA, CGIA, CLIM, is President of Irrigation Consulting, Inc., in Pepperell, Massachusetts.
ROBERT DOBSON, CID, CIC, is President of Middletown Sprinkler Company in Port Monmouth, New Jersey.
PAUL ROCHE, CID, CIC, CLIA, is Irrigation Division Manager at S.V. Moffett Co., Inc., in Rochester, New York.
DAVID ZOLDOSKE, EdD, CID, is Director of the Center for Irrigation Technology at the California State University in Fresno.

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