Who is Sappho

Sappho (; Greek: Σαπφώ Sapphō [sap.pʰɔ̌ː]; Aeolic Greek Ψάπφω Psápphō; c. 630 – c. 570 BC) was an Archaic Greek poet from Eresos or Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. Sappho is known for her lyric poetry, written to be sung while accompanied by music. In ancient times, Sappho was widely regarded as one of the greatest lyric poets and was given names such as the "Tenth Muse" and "The Poetess". Most of Sappho's poetry is now lost, and what is extant has mostly survived in fragmentary form; only the "Ode to Aphrodite" is certainly complete. As well as lyric poetry, ancient commentators claimed that Sappho wrote elegiac and iambic poetry. Three epigrams attributed to Sappho are extant, but these are actually Hellenistic imitations of Sappho's style.

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Sappho Poems

  • No Word
    I have had not one word from her

    Frankly I wish I were dead.
    When she left, she wept ...
  • To A Bride
    Bride, around whom the rosy leaves are flying,
    Sweet image of the Cyprian undying,
    The bed awaits thee; go, and with him lying,
    Give to the groom thy sweetness, softly sighing. ...
  • An Epithalamium
    Fragments 91, 92, 99, 106, 104, 103, 100, 105, 101, 102, 96, 109, 93, 94, 97, 95, and 133 combined.

    Raise high the beams of the raftered hall,
    (Sing the Hymen-refrain!) ...
  • Thy Form Is Lovely
    Thy form is lovely and thine eyes are honeyed,
    O'er thy face the pale
    Clear light of love lies like a veil.
    Bidding thee rise, ...
  • The Anactoria Poem
    Some say thronging cavalry, some say foot soldiers,
    others call a fleet the most beautiful of
    sights the dark earth offers, but I say it's what-
    ever you love best. ...
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Top 10 most used topics by Sappho

I Love You 33 Love 33 Heart 16 Sweet 15 Aphrodite 12 Earth 12 Light 11 Mother 11 Child 11 Golden 11


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Shatired: i’d rather be wrong about believing someone was abusive than wrong about believing someone wasn’t abused. maybe that’s just me.
Csmfht: one of the most insane takes of all time
Jennieandroses: they were behind me and they were so cute together ahdkfhskshiwevga
Sakuatsuqbot: sakuatsu in the crooks of your body, i find my religion. - sappho
Suiapple1: death of sappho
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