The Complete Poems of Sappho

The Complete Poems of Sappho

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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"Sappho's thrilling lyric verse has been unremittingly popular for more than 2,600 years - certainly a record for poetry of any kind - and love for her art only increases as time goes on. Though her extant work consists only of a collection of fragments and a handful of complete poems, her mystique endures to be discovered anew by each generation, and to inspire new efforts at bringing the spirit of her Greek words faithfully into English. In the past, translators have taken two basic approaches to Sappho: either very literally translating only the words in the fragments, or taking the liberty of reconstructing the missing parts. Willis Barnstone has taken a middle course, in which he remains faithful to the words of the fragments, only very judiciously filling in a word or phrase in cases where the meaning is obvious. This edition includes extensive notes and a special section of "Testimonia": appreciations of Sappho in the words of ancient writers from Plato to Plutarch. Also included are a glossary of all the figures mentioned in the poems, and suggestions for further reading."--Jacket.
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala : Distributed in the United States by Random House, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781590306130
1590306139
Call Number: 884.01 S241c 2009
Characteristics: xlv, 206 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Barnstone, Willis 1927-

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