Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

How can a knowledge of musical construction help the reader to understand the form of Sappho’s poems?

In what senses was Sappho a “lesbian”?

Barring future discoveries concerning her work, why will it remain difficult to judge Sappho as a poet?

William Wordsworth wrote of poetry as “emotion recollected in tranquillity.” Is there evidence that Sappho had a similar view?

What poets have been particularly influenced by Sappho?