If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Sappho

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Of the 9 books of lyrics the traditional Greek poet Sappho is expounded to have composed, just one poem has survived whole. the remaining are fragments. during this amazing new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson offers all of Sappho’s fragments, in Greek and in English, as though at the ragged scraps of papyrus that safeguard them, inviting a thrill of discovery and conjecture that may be defined in basic terms as electric—or, to take advantage of Sappho’s phrases, as “thin hearth . . . racing lower than skin.” through combining the traditional mysteries of Sappho with the modern wizardry of 1 of our such a lot fearless and unique poets, If no longer, iciness presents a tantalizing window onto the genius of a lady whose lyric energy spans millennia.

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Ps 5/15/03 4:00 PM Page 25 15a and 15b ]blessed ] ] ] to loose all the wrongs he did before ] ]by luck of the harbor ] Kypris, and may she find you very bitter and not go boasting—that Doricha— how he came a second time ]to love’s desire. ps 5/15/03 4:00 PM Page 26 16 Oºi j me;n ipj phvwn ıtrovton, oi j de; pevıdwn, oi j de; navwn fai ı' æ ejpªiº; ga'n mevlaiªnºan e[ºmmenai kavlliıton, e[gw de; kh'næ o[t— tw tiı e[ratai: pavºgcu dæ eu[mareı ıuvneton povhıai pºavnti tªoºu t≥' æ, aj ga;r povlu perıke qv≥ o≥ ≥i¥ıaµ k≥avl ≥lo≥ıµ ªajnqºrµwvpwn ∆Elevna ªto;ºn a[ndra t o≥ ;n ≥ ª arºi¥ıton k≥allªi pv oiºıæµ e[ba æı Troi a?

Rµ( j) ajpi kv eªıqai. ps 5/15/03 4:00 PM Page 31 17 Close to me now as I pray, lady Hera, may your gracious form appear, to which the sons of Atreus prayed, glorious kings. They won very many prizes first at Troy then on the sea and set out for here but could not complete the road until they called on you and Zeus of suppliants and Thyone’s lovely child. Now be gentle and help me too as of old[ Holy and beautiful maiden around[ ] ] ] to be ]to arrive. ps 5/15/03 4:00 PM Page 41 22 ] ]work ]face ] ] if not, winter ]no pain ] ]I bid you sing of Gongyla, Abanthis, taking up your lyre as (now again) longing floats around you, you beauty.

Ps 5/15/03 4:00 PM Page 31 17 Close to me now as I pray, lady Hera, may your gracious form appear, to which the sons of Atreus prayed, glorious kings. They won very many prizes first at Troy then on the sea and set out for here but could not complete the road until they called on you and Zeus of suppliants and Thyone’s lovely child. Now be gentle and help me too as of old[ Holy and beautiful maiden around[ ] ] ] to be ]to arrive. ps 5/15/03 4:00 PM Page 41 22 ] ]work ]face ] ] if not, winter ]no pain ] ]I bid you sing of Gongyla, Abanthis, taking up your lyre as (now again) longing floats around you, you beauty.

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