The Complete Poems of Sappho

The Complete Poems of Sappho

Willis Barnstone


Sappho’s exciting lyric verse has been unremittingly renowned for greater than 2,600 years—certainly a checklist for poetry of any kind—and love for her artwork simply raises as time is going on. notwithstanding her extant paintings is composed purely of a suite of fragments and a handful of whole poems, her mystique endures to be found anew via each one new release, and to encourage new efforts at bringing the spirit of her Greek phrases faithfully into English.

In the previous, translators have taken easy ways to Sappho: both very actually translating purely the phrases within the fragments, or taking the freedom of reconstructing the lacking components. Willis Barnstone has taken a center path, during which he is still trustworthy to the phrases of the fragments, in basic terms very judiciously filling in a be aware or word in circumstances the place the which means is apparent. This version comprises vast notes and a distinct component to “Testimonia”: appreciations of Sappho within the phrases of historic writers from Plato to Plutarch. additionally integrated are a word list of all of the figures pointed out within the poems, and proposals for additional studying.

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