2016/09/20

BOOK REVIEW:
POEMS BY SAPPHO

Title: Sappho
Author: Sappho, Mary Bernard (translator)
Published: 600 BCE
Language: English (translated from Ancient Greek)
Pages: 128
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
These poems, some in fragments, constitute virtually all of what remains of the great lyric poet Sappho.


Review:
I'll be honest with you, I did not have much expectations for this collection, as what I've read of ancient writings before have been a bit of a challenge for me to understand, especially those parts who do not survive in full. However, I was blown away by this.

This collection of poetry is absolutely lovely. It's sensual and intimate. Most of it is short, mainly due to the fact that most are only fragments, but I actually loved that. It reminds me in many ways of the style of haiku, and although it wasn't meant to be that way when she wrote it, I found it absolutely gorgeous. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because there was one part I didn't enjoy as much.

Two of my favorites were these:

I confess

I love that
which caresses
me. I believe

Love has his
share in the
Sun's brilliance
and virtue
#6

Day in, day out

I hunger and
I struggle
#56

Absolutely beautiful. I would highly recommend this book if this style seems like something you would like.
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