Sappho

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Univ of California Press, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 114 pages
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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Contents

asked myself 5 And I said
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confess
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At noontime
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took my lyre and said Although they are
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That afternoon 11 We heard them chanting 12 Its no
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People do gossip
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Peace reigned in heaven 15 When I saw Eros
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You are the herdsman of evening
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was proud of you too 52 After all this
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With his venom
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Afraid of losing
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It is clear now 56 Day in day
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You will say 58 Tell
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said Sappho
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You may forget
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Pain penetrates
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Sleep darling
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Although clumsy
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Tomorrow you had better
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We put the urn aboard ship
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Cyprian in my dream
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In the spring twilight
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And their feet move
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Awed by her splendor
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Now while we dance
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P A R T TWO Epithalamia 26 The evening star
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It is time
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For her sake
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Hymen Hymenaon
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We drink your health
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Bridesmaids carol I
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Theyre locked in
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Lament for a maidenhead
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You wear her livery 36 Why am I crying?
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P A R T T H R E
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then
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Prayer to my lady of Paphos
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He is more than a hero
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Yes Atthis you may be sure
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To an army wife in Sardis
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have had not one word from
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It was you Atthis who said
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P A R T F O U
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Without warning 45 If you will come
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Thank you my dear 47 I was so happy
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Now I know why Eros
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She was dressed well 50 But you monkey face
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P A R T F V
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The nightingales
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Last night
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Tonight Ive watched
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Persuasion 66 Manys the time
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At my age 68 That was different
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This way that
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ask you sir to 72 Of course I love
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Yes it is pretty
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hear that Andromeda
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Well 76 Sappho when some fool
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Strange to say 78 I taught the talented
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Really Gorgo
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As you love
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Greetings to Gorgo
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Rich as you
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Dont ask me what to wear
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P A R T S I X
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If you are squeamish
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Before they were mothers 86 Experience shows
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We know this much 88 Say what you please
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Then the god of war 90 As for the exiles
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In memory 92 Do you remember
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Be kind to
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You remind me 95 When they were tired
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The gods bless
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have often asked
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It is the Muses
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Notes
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Mary Barnard (1909?2001) was a prominent Amreican poet, translator, and biographer with many books in her repertoire. She 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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