Greek Love Poetry: Sappho

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Sappho is one of the earliest Greek poets writing in the 6th century BC in Lesbos. Although she is the only female poet with surviving works, we only have 200 fragments left. Certain parts of herHerkulaneischer_Meister_002b writing are wedding songs, but she mainly focuses on myth through the perspective of women. This then makes her similar to Homer’s epics, and so she’s known to be a ‘Female Homer’ or alternatively the ‘Tenth muse’.
The main theme that Sappho draws on in her poems is love and the different aspects to it, such as family, friendship, heartbreak, Aphrodite etc. As well as this there is evidence of homoeroticism between females, which indicates even further, how strong the theme of love is in Sappho’s poetry.

Fragment 1:
Rich-throned immortal Aphrodite, scheming daughter of Zeus, I pray you, with pain and sickness… come once more from sore obsession free me; all that my heart…

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