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Sappho

In this poem, the speaker uses a metaphor, a comparison of two unalike things where one is said to be the other, to compare "Love" to a snake. She describes its "venom [as] / irresistible / and...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2019, 5:30 pm (UTC)

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What we know today of Sappho's reputation in the Greek world after her time eclipses by far what we actually still have of her poetic output. Sappho was revered on coins and in murals; at the same...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018, 10:41 am (UTC)

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Not much is known about the ancient Greek poetess Sappho. She was born around 615 BCE on Lesbos, a Greek island. We know that she came from a wealthy family, that she had several brothers, and that...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019, 4:29 pm (UTC)

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Sappho's poetry demonstrates "economy of expression" via the sparse, reserved nature of the emotion contained within it. As a writer, Sappho is not overtly direct or emotional. Her poems are not...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019, 12:31 am (UTC)

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Sappho is a famous Archaic period female poet from the island of Lesbos in the Aegean. Her sexuality is often the subject of debate among classicists. Early (pre-twentieth-century) translators...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020, 7:37 pm (UTC)

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Each poem is short and so has a single mood (feeling within the poem). The mood of "You are the herdsman" is playful and warm. In "Tonight I've watched" the mood is solemn and sad. In the first one...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2012, 6:13 pm (UTC)

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Archaic Greek society was primarily homosocial. in other words, men associated primarily with men and women with other women. Much of this was due to traditions of marriage quite different than...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2011, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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Sappho's Fragment 31 is a love poem, which describes the poet's emotions as she sees a man talking and laughing with her beloved. The poem's content is very passionate, though its form is...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2020, 2:56 am (UTC)

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All classical scholars agree that Sappho was a great lyric poet. The evidence for this is clear. First, the Alexandrians (who kept classical learning alive) included her in their list of lyric...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2015, 2:28 am (UTC)

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Sappho's use of invocation can be seen in her "Ode to Aphrodite." Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love, and it was common in Ancient Greece for lovers to invoke her name in helping them to find...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2019, 8:14 am (UTC)

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