The Complete Poems Of Sappho

March 10, 2009|
The Complete Poems Of Sappho by Willis Barnstone
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A vivid, contemporary translation of the greatest Greek love poetwith a wealth of materials for understanding her workby the prize-winning poet and translator
 
Sappho’s thrilling lyric verse has been unremittingly popular for more than 2,600 years—certainly a record for poetry of any kind—and love for her art only increases as time goes on. Though her extant work consists only of a collection of fragments and a handful of complete poems, her mystique endures to be discovered anew by each generation, and to inspire new efforts at bringing the spirit of her Greek words faithfully into English.

In the past, translators have taken two basic approaches to Sappho: either very literally translating only the words in the fragments, or taking the liberty of reconstructing the missing parts. Willis Barnstone has taken a middle course, in which he remains faithful to the words of the fragments, only very judiciously filling in a word or phrase in cases where the meaning is obvious. This edition includes extensive notes and a special section of "Testimonia": appreciations of Sappho in the words of ancient writers from Plato to Plutarch. Also included are a glossary of all the figures mentioned in the poems, and suggestions for further reading.
Born in Lewiston, Maine, Willis Barnstone was educated at Bowdoin, Columbia, the Sorbonne, and Yale. He taught in Greece at the end of the Civil War (1949–51), and in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War. During the Cultural Revolution he went to China where he was later a Fulbright Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1...
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Title:The Complete Poems Of Sappho
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8.4 X 5.5 X 0.66 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8.4 X 5.5 X 0.66 in
Published:March 10, 2009
Publisher:Shambhala
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781590306130

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