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If Not, Winter

Fragments of Sappho
Sappho (Book - 2002 )
If Not, Winter


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A bilingual edition of the work of the Greek poet Sappho, in a new translation by Anne Carson. Sappho lived on the island of Lesbos from about 630 b.c. She was a musical genius who devoted her life to composing and performing songs. Of the nine books of lyrics Sappho is said to have composed, none of the music is extant and only one poem has survived complete. All the rest are fragments. InIf Not, WinterCarson presents all of Sappho's fragments in Greek and in English. Brackets and space give the reader a sense of what is absent as well as what is present on the papyrus. Carson's translation illuminates Sappho's reflections on love, desire, marriage, exile, cushions, bees, old age, shame, time, chickpeas and many other aspects of the human situation.
Authors: Sappho
Title: If not, winter
fragments of Sappho
Publisher: New York :, Knopf :, Distributed by Random House,, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiii, 397 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: translated by Anne Carson
Additional Contributors: Carson, Anne - 1950-
ISBN: 0375410678
Branch Call Number: 884.01 S241i 2002
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Comment by: Multcolib_Research Report This May 23, 2013

"In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho's fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the ragged scraps of papyrus that preserve them, inviting a thrill of discovery and conjecture that can be described only as electric or, to use Sappho's words, as 'thin fire racing under skin.' "(630 B.C.?–570 B.C.?)


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"In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho's fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the ragged scraps of papyrus that preserve them, inviting a thrill of discovery and conjecture that can be described only as electric or, to use Sappho's words, as 'thin fire racing under skin.' "(630 B.C.?–570 B.C.?)

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