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Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Cleis

Rating: 3.0
Sleep, darling
I have a small
daughter called
Cleis, who is

like a golden
flower
I wouldn't
take all Croesus'
kingdom with love
thrown in, for her

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Don't ask me what to wear
I have no embroidered
headband from Sardis to
give you, Cleis, such as
I wore
and my mother
always said that in her
day a purple ribbon
looped in the hair was thought
to be high style indeed

but we were dark:
a girl
whose hair is yellower than
torchlight should wear no
headdress but fresh flowers


Sappho
tr. Barnard
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Dr Antony Theodore 30 October 2020
a purple ribbon looped in the hair was thought to be high style indeed You do not need any hairdress. fine poem. tony
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Mahtab Bangalee 26 February 2020
very impression and loving poem written- a girl whose hair is yellower than torchlight should wear no headdress but fresh flowers// superb
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Britte Ninad 26 February 2020
a girl whose hair is yellower than torchlight should wear no headdress but fresh flowers Beautiful poem
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Michael Morgan 05 December 2019
yellower than WHAT? This is divine. No wonfer she lives.
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Michael Morgan 05 December 2019
Misunderstood. She is talking to one of her 'girls' leaving to be married. Reference to the daughter is incidental
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Ratnakar Mandlik 04 May 2019
A wonderul flight of imagery to narrate beauty and tenderness.
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Emma Brooks 20 October 2016
I have to do a report on Sappho and this poem really helps
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Latha Govindasamy 07 June 2016
Very impressive poem. The poet's daughter must have real golden flower. Very beaitifully knitted multiple topics and brought out the poem like a capsule form!
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Emma Brooks 20 October 2016
I agree
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* Sunprincess * 04 September 2015
....beautiful poem..love the imagery of purple ribbons - -?
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Sappho you are a real classic and a treasure to read...
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