If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Sappho

By Sappho

Of the 9 books of lyrics the traditional Greek poet Sappho is expounded to have composed, just one poem has survived whole. the remainder are fragments. during this incredible new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson provides all of Sappho’s fragments, in Greek and in English, as though at the ragged scraps of papyrus that safeguard them, inviting a thrill of discovery and conjecture that may be defined basically as electric—or, to take advantage of Sappho’s phrases, as “thin hearth . . . racing lower than skin.” via combining the traditional mysteries of Sappho with the modern wizardry of 1 of our so much fearless and unique poets, If no longer, iciness presents a tantalizing window onto the genius of a girl whose lyric strength spans millennia.

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And I rejoice.

For her dress when you saw it stirred you. And I rejoice.

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