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Select at least two or three other translations of Sappho’s poem “Hymn to Aphrodite” and compare the translations. Note the differences in word choice and discuss the varying connotations that are created with different translations.

Select a poem by any twentieth-century female author and compare it to Sappho’s “Hymn to...

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Select at least two or three other translations of Sappho’s poem “Hymn to Aphrodite” and compare the translations. Note the differences in word choice and discuss the varying connotations that are created with different translations.

Select a poem by any twentieth-century female author and compare it to Sappho’s “Hymn to Aphrodite.” Compare such elements as content, theme, tone, and word choice. In your evaluation of these two works, consider the modernity of Sappho’s poem. Do you think it modern in tone and content? Support your answer with lines from the poem. How does “Hymn to Aphrodite” compare to the more obviously modern poetry of a twentieth-century author?

Research the role of Greek gods and goddesses in early Greek life. In what ways was the Greek worship of these gods similar to or different from the Judeo-Christian worship of just one god?

A careful reading of Sappho’s poems reveals some very clear ideas about love and marriage. After you have completed some research into early women’s lives and marriage, write a paper explaining what you think Sappho is saying about love and marriage and how her ideas either support or contradict what your research has shown.

One of the best ways to learn about poetic form is to write poetry. Place yourself in Sappho’s life and, using her work as a guide, write one or two poems that imitate her style, meter, and content. When you have completed your poems, write a brief evaluation of your work, comparing it to Sappho’s poetry. Describe what you have learned about the difficulty of writing lyrical poetry.

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