Sappho's Lyre: Archaic Lyric and Women Poets of Ancient by Diane J. Rayor

By Diane J. Rayor

Sappho sang her poetry to the accompaniment of the lyre at the Greek island of Lesbos over 2500 years in the past. through the Greek international, her contemporaries composed lyric poetry choked with ardour, and within the centuries that the golden age of archaic lyric, new types of poetry emerged. during this distinct anthology, contemporary reader can benefit from the works of seventeen poets, together with a range of archaic lyric and the full surviving works of the traditional Greek ladies poets—the latter showing jointly in a single quantity for the 1st time.

Sappho's Lyre is a mix of diligent examine and poetic artistry. The translations are in line with the newest discoveries of papyri (including "new" Archilochos and Stesichoros) and the most recent versions and scholarship. The advent and notes supply old and literary contexts that make this historical poetry extra obtainable to fashionable readers.

Although this e-book is essentially geared toward the reader who doesn't understand Greek, it'd be a best suited complement to a Greek language direction. it is going to even have huge attraction for readers of' historic literature, women's stories, mythology, and fanatics of poetry.

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Wings round you beautiful one, since the dress . . you saw excited you, and I rejoice because the Kyprian herself once blamed . . so I pray . . this . . I want . . 10 . . of love . . * 5 10 . . I look on you facing (me) . . . as Hermione . . . but to liken you to goldenhaired Helen * ― 59 ― . . mortal women, but know that these . . by your . . would . . all my thought * * . . [dewy] banks * . . to celebrate all night long. 11 May I, goldencrowned Aphrodite, cast this lot .

The lyre, while desire again . . wings round you beautiful one, since the dress . . you saw excited you, and I rejoice because the Kyprian herself once blamed . . so I pray . . this . . I want . . 10 . . of love . . * 5 10 . . I look on you facing (me) . . . as Hermione . . . but to liken you to goldenhaired Helen * ― 59 ― . . mortal women, but know that these . . by your . . would . . all my thought * * . . [dewy] banks * . . to celebrate all night long. 11 May I, goldencrowned Aphrodite, cast this lot .

We left uncovered, no grove . . dance . . sound ― 61 ― 15 5 10 15 20 . . Sardis . . often holding her [thoughts] here * you, like a goddess undisguised, but she rejoiced especially in your song. Now she stands out among Lydian women as after sunset the rose-fingered moon exceeds all stars; light reaches equally over the brine sea and thick-flowering fields, a beautiful dew has poured down, roses bloom, tender parsley and blossoming honey clover. Pacing far away, she remembers gentle Atthis with desire, perhaps .

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