Sappho Through English Poetry

Caroline Lewis, Peter Jay, Sappho

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd

Published: 05-12-1996

£7.95

The poetry of Sappho, who was born around 620 BC and lived on the Greek island of Lesbos, has inspired and fascinated readers and poets for two and a half thousand years. As in antiquity, she is regarded as Greece’s supreme lyric poet. This book traces Sappho’s reception in English-language poetry through translations and poems about her.

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Description

The poetry of Sappho, who was born around 620 BC and lived on the Greek island of Lesbos, has inspired and fascinated readers and poets for two and a half thousand years. Today, as in antiquity, she is regarded as Greece’s supreme lyric poet. Yet apart from a few near-complete poems, her poetry survives largely in tantalizing fragments. This book traces Sappho’s reception in English-language poetry through translations and poems about her. From Donne and Pope via Swinburne, Bliss Carman and Pound to contemporary poets such as Michael Longley and Olga Broumas, it both celebrates and illustrates our changing image of Sappho.

Additional information

Weight 0.189 kg
Dimensions 137 × 215 mm
Page Count 144