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Sappho Biography

The only contemporary source which refers to Sappho's life is her own body of poetry, and scholars are skeptical of biographical readings of it. Later biographical traditions, from which all more detailed accounts derive, have also been cast into doubt.

An Oxyrhynchus papyrus from around AD 200 and the Suda agree that Sappho had a mother called ...

Sappho Poems

He Is More Than A Hero

He is more than a hero
he is a god in my eyes--
the man who is allowed
to sit beside you -- he

On What Is Best

Some celebrate the beauty
of knights, or infantry,
or billowing flotillas
at battle on the sea.

Awed By Her Splendor

Awed by her splendor
stars near the lovely
moon cover their own
bright faces


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

A Hymn To Venus

O Venus, beauty of the skies,
To whom a thousand temples rise,
Gaily false in gentle smiles,

Sappho Comments

Rose Noir 04 September 2006

Here's another one, not included in this anthology: Mountain Wind Just as the wind in the mountains blows the oaks assunder, so did Eros blow my mind.

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Linda Hollander 10 April 2008

I hope someone can help me. It is my understanding that Winnaretta Singer, the Princesse de Polignac, made many translations of Sappho's poems at the turn of the 20th century (Perhaps between 1900-1914, but possibly not until after WWl) . I would like to find them, but have not been successful so far. Is there a Sappho scholar reading this who can help me? If so, please feel free to email me at as soon as you read this. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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Robert Rorabeck 14 April 2005

does anyone know when the Sappho will be reborn and where? i can't wait

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Rose Noir 04 September 2006

It's rare to find so many fragments of her divine lyrics. I'm in Arcadia.......!

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Uriah Hamilton 12 July 2005

The greatest poet of them all, though only beautiful fragments remain because of the Christian Era fearing her love!

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Savita Tyagi 07 June 2016

Such smooth flow of words in defining a human emotion. Beautiful!

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Fabrizio Frosini 13 January 2016

........ even after 2600 years, Sappho's verse keep being very inspirational to us all poets....

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Sayeed Abubakar 09 February 2013

I am reading your poems how many years later of your death. I do not know who will read my poems two thousand years later. +8801919455479

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Bleak House 17 April 2011

An immortal goddess of inspiration from the isle of Lesbos, the tenth muse according to Plato himself and a high priestess of enchantment for the enduring beauty and contemporary appeal of her surviving fragments. She lives on eternally.

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