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By Jeffrey Duban

Hailed by way of Plato because the “Tenth Muse” of historical Greek poetry, Sappho is inarguably antiquity’s maximum lyric poet. Born over 2,600 years in the past at the Greek island of Lesbos, and writing amorously of ladies and males alike, she is the namesake lesbian. What’s left of her writing, and what we all know of her, is fragmentary. Shrouded in secret, she is still again and again translated and mentioned – no, appropriated – through all. Sappho has such a lot lately passed through numerous remedies through agenda-driven students and so-called poet-translators with very little wisdom of Greek. Classicist-translator Jeffrey Duban debunks the postmodernist scholarship through which Sappho is interpreted at the present time and provides translations reflecting the appeal and chic simplicity of the originals. Duban presents a reader-friendly evaluate of Sappho’s occasions and topics, exploring her eroticism and Greek homosexuality total. He introduces us to Sappho’s hugely cultured island domestic, to its lyre-accompanied musical legends, and to the fabled fantastic thing about Lesbian girls. now not least, he emphasizes the proximity of Lesbos to Troy, making the interpretation and pleasure of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey an extra concentration. greater than the rest, argues Duban, it truly is unfastened verse and its rampant legacy – and no people greater than Walt Whitman and Ezra Pound – that endure accountability for the destroy of today’s classics in translation, to assert not anything of poetry within the 20th century. past concerns of mirrored image for classicists, Duban presents a far-ranging beginner’s consultant to classical literature, with forays into Spenser and Milton, and into the colonial impulse of Virgil, Spenser, and the West at large.

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Hailed by means of Plato because the “Tenth Muse” of historical Greek poetry, Sappho is inarguably antiquity’s maximum lyric poet. Born over 2,600 years in the past at the Greek island of Lesbos, and writing amorously of ladies and males alike, she is the namesake lesbian. What’s left of her writing, and what we all know of her, is fragmentary.

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