Monday, June 22, 2009

Poems by Sappho

This translation includes lyrical fragments of poems, and one complete poem to Aphrodite, originally written in the Aiolic dialect by Sappho (Psappho) of Lesbos in the late 5th century B.C. Sappho provides us with an understanding of her views on the gods, virginity, beauty and love found in her relationships and envisioned in her perpsectives during that time period. Not understanding poetry in its deepest sense, yet appreciating the use of language that poets use to construct meaning, I found these poems understandable and direct in their use of language to illustrate the innermost passions and sensuality that Sappho exudes in her poetry.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PA4408.E5.B28 1999
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Kevin Ross, Associate Dean, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended

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