See Article History Alternative Title: Psappho Sappho, also spelled in the Aeolic dialect spoken by the poet Psappho, born c.
She was born around B.
Evidence suggests that she had several brothers, married a wealthy man named Cercylas, and had a daughter named Cleis. She spent most of her adult life in the city of Mytilene on Lesbos where she ran an academy for unmarried young women. A legend from Ovid suggests that she threw herself from a cliff when her heart was broken by Phaon, a young sailor, and died at an early age.
Other historians posit that she died of old age around B. The history of her poems is as speculative as that of her biography. She was known in antiquity as a great poet: Plato called her "the tenth Muse" and her likeness appeared on coins.
It is unclear whether she invented or simply refined the meter of her day, but today it is known as "Sapphic" meter. Her poems were first collected into nine volumes around the third century B.
Merely one twenty-eight-line poem of hers has survived intact, and she was known principally through quotations found in the works of other authors until the nineteenth century. In scholars unearthed papyri that contained fragments of her poems.
Three centuries after her death the writers of the New Comedy parodied Sappho as both overly promiscuous and lesbian.
This characterization held fast, so much so that the very term "lesbian" is derived from the name of her home island. Her reputation for licentiousness would cause Pope Gregory to burn her work in Because social norms in ancient Greece differed from those of today and because so little is actually known of her life, it is difficult to unequivocally answer such claims.
Her poems about Eros, however, speak with equal force to men as well as to women. Sappho is not only one of the few women poets we know of from antiquity, but also is one of the greatest lyric poets from any age.
Most of her poems were meant to be sung by one person to the accompaniment of the lyre hence the name, "lyric" poetry. They speak simply and directly to the "bittersweet" difficulties of love.
Many critics and readers alike have responded to the personal tone and urgency of her verses, and an abundance of translations of her fragments are available today.Sappho of Lesbos (c.
BCE) was a lyric poet whose work was so popular in ancient Greece, and beyond, that she was honored in statuary and praised. quotes from Sappho: 'You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us', 'their heart grew cold they let their wings down', and 'There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse.'.
Sappho's world is based on love; love of friends, lovers, gods and goddesses, family, and the beauty of the world and the things in it. Sappho impacted the Western world in a positive way. Sappho’s views of the world have shaped the minds of many. “Sweetbitter Love: Poems of Sappho”, Shambhala Publications 73 Copy quote.
Stars veil their beauty soon / Beside the glorious moon, / When her full silver light / Doth make the whole earth bright. Sappho. Stars, Moon, Light. 66 Copy quote.
To admit you again to her love, Sappho, who wrongs you now? If she runs now she’ll follow later, If she refuses gifts she’ll give them. If she loves not, now, she’ll soon. Here as elsewhere in the new translation, Diane J. Rayor captures the distinctively plainspoken quality of Sappho’s Greek, which, for all the poet’s naked emotionality and love of luxe, is.