Sappho

Author: Sappho

Profile: Sappho was an Archaic Greek poet from the island of Lesbos. Sappho was considered to be one of the finest lyric poets. Names like ‘The Poetess’ and ‘Tenth Muse’ were given to her. Much of her poetry is whatever is available is in the form of fragments with two praiseworthy exceptions like the ‘Tithonus poem’ and the ‘Ode to Aphrodite’. A number of commentators of the ancient times claim that besides lyric poetry, Sappho is believed to come from Lesbos, from a rich family and with three brothers.  Around 600 BCE she was exiled to Sicily and must have continued to work till around 570.

The prolific poet, Sappho composed around ten thousand lines. Her poetry was greatly admired, popular and admired through much of the ancient past. Her extraordinary works continue to inspire other writers. Sappho is popular as a symbol of desire and love between women beyond her poetry. Lesbian and Sapphic are the English words derived respectively from her own name Sappho and from the name of her home island. Right from the earliest times, her importance is confirmed and her work interpretations have been influenced and colored by discussions of her sexuality.

Writing style: Sappho was popular for her lyric poetry, written to be sung while accompanied by a lyre. Sappho wrote iambic and elegiac poetry.

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Sappho has written around ten thousand lines of poetry probably out of which only 650 survive as of today.

Her written lyric poetry is accompanied by music.

She wrote love poetry primarily.

Her poetry was written down on Lesbos, probably either during her lifetime or shortly afterwards.

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The Sappho Award is awarded to a person who has shown uncompromising courage in the struggle from the free word. Sappho’s sculpture also follows with the award which is a symbol of unconventional sense of human sense and freedom.

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