I need help writing a research paper on "On Ode to Aphrodite" by Sappho, especially crafting a claim with a strong conclusion.

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A research paper requires strong thesis that makes a point one can clearly support using textual or contextual evidence. The central thesis should be narrow enough that it can be comprehensively researched. It also needs to be a point on which scholars disagree. If a point is obviously true, it cannot actually be argued, as an important part of argument is countering possible objections.

One possible area of research is the connection of the poem to ritual. Walter Burkert and other scholars have argued that Ancient Greek religion was grounded in ritual and that myth often originates as an attempt to explain or accompany ritual behaviors. One possible area for investigation in the paper would be to look at Ionian rituals used in the worship of Aphrodite or excavated offerings to her and show how analysis of rituals used in worship of Aphrodite in Lesbos during Sappho's lifetime might illuminate the poem.

A major scholarly controversy concerning the poem is whether it was intended as a serious appeal to Aphrodite or whether it is a lighthearted or even satiric poem intended primarily as entertainment. One might start by reading the arguments by various scholars that the poem is essentially satirical and then argue for or against that claim.

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