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CaptionSappho de Mytilène ``I served beauty Was it in fact for me something greater?'' . Sappho The first woman poet Lesbos the great Greek island opposite Asia 2 500 years ago. From that time from that island we possess a treasure of radiant beauty and more charged with emotion still than the most admirable object of marble or ceramic: some 650 lines with cries of love revolt and anguish springing for the first time from a Greek mouth -- and this mouth was that of a woman: Sappho. It is not only the fragmentary form of her work which contributes to giving her the face of a modern poet. Even in their original state the poems by the woman who really invented personal poetry were very short between four and thirty lines and no one else in Greece was to follow this path which seemed too narrow for those used to epics great odes or tragedies. In this wonderful world of ancient literature Sappho was the only feminine voice of the ancient world that survives
HeadlineSappho or Girl with Stylus?
KeywordsSappho Lesbos
Copyright Notice1st cent. Pompeii. [framed copy available]
URLhttp://affiliates.allposters.com/link/redirect.asp?item=832948&AID=1257307656&PSTID=1ID=1
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