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Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics (version 2)

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Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics (version 2) translated by Bliss Carman offers readers a glimpse into the work of the iconic ancient Greek poet Sappho. Carman's translation manages to capture the lyrical beauty and emotional depth of Sappho's poems, allowing modern readers to connect with her timeless verses.

The collection features a diverse range of themes, from love and desire to nature and the divine. Each poem is rich with vivid imagery and raw emotion, showcasing Sappho's unique ability to capture the complexities of human experience in just a few words.

Carman's translation is fluid and accessible, making the poems easily relatable to contemporary audiences. His careful attention to detail and poetic sensibilities shine through in his interpretation of Sappho's work, resulting in a captivating and engaging read.

Overall, Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics (version 2) is a stunning collection that brings the work of this legendary poet to life for a new generation of readers. Carman's translation is a testament to Sappho's enduring legacy as a masterful poet, and it is sure to resonate with anyone who appreciates the beauty and power of poetry.

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Sappho lived six centuries before Christ, at a period when lyric poetry was peculiarly esteemed and cultivated at the centres of Greek life. The metropolis of this lyric realm was Mitylene of Lesbos, where, amid the myrtle groves and temples, Beauty and Love in their young warmth could fuse the most rigid forms to fluency. Here Sappho was the acknowledged queen of song.

Sappho's poetry was venerated for a thousand years, but almost all has been lost to us; only two small odes and a few scintillating fragments surviving.

Mr. Carman seems to have imagined each lost lyric as discovered, then to translate it.

In the opinion of the reader of these poems, they approach "real poetry", which according to Robert Graves , constricts the throat and makes a shiver run down the spine. - Summary by From Preface, and from Peter Yearsley

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