These hundred poems and fragments constitute virtually all of Sappho that survives and effectively bring to life the woman whom the Greeks consider to be their greatest lyric poet. Mary Barnard's translations are lean, incisive, directthe best ever published. She has rendered the beloved poet's verses, long the bane of translators, more authentically than anyone else in English.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||Third Edition|
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About the Author
Mary Barnard (1909–2001) was a prominent Amreican poet, translator, and biographer with many books in her repertoire. She studied Greek at Reed College and began to translate at Ezra Pound's instigation in the 1930s. Her Assault on Mount Helicon: A Literary Memoir was published by the University of California Press in 1984. Two years later she received the Western States Book Award for her book-length poem, Time and the White Tigress. She has also published prose fiction and a volume of essays on mythology as well as the original lyrics gathered in Collected Poems, 1979.
Table of Contents1. Tell everyone 2. We shall enjoy it PART ONE 3. Standing by my bed 4. I asked myself 5. And I said 6. I confess 7. At noontime 8. I took my lyre and said 9. Although they are 10. That afternoon 11. We heard them chanting 12. It's no use 13. People do gossip 14. Peace reigned in heaven 15. When I saw Eros 16. You are the herdsman of evening 17. Sleep, darling 18. Although clumsy 19. Tomorrow you had better 20. We put the urn aboard ship 21. Cyprian, in my dream 22. In the spring twilight 23. And their feet move 24. Awed by her splendor 25. Now, while we dance PART TWO Epithalamia 26. The evening star 27. It is time now 28. For her sake 29. Hymen Hymenaon! 30. We drink your health 31. Bridesmaids' carol I 32. Bridesmaids' carol II 33. They're locked in, oh! 34. Lament for a maidenhead 35. You wear her livery 36. Why am I crying? PART THREE 37. You know the place: then 38. Prayer to my lady of Paphos 39. He is more than a hero 40. Yes, Atthis, you may be sure 41. To an army wife, in Sardis 42. I have had not one word from her 43. It was you, Atthis, who said PART FOUR 44. Without warning 45. If you will come 46. Thank you, my dear 47. I was so happy 48. Now I know why Eros 49. She was dressed well 50. But you, monkey face 51. I was proud of you, too 52. After all this 53. With his venom 54. Afraid of losing you 55. It is clear now 56. Day in, day out 57. You will say 58. Tell me 59. I said, Sappho 60. You may forget but 61. Pain penetrates PART FIVE 62. The nightingale's 63. Last night 64. Tonight I've watched 65. Persuasion 66. Many's the time 67. At my age 68. That was different 69. This way, that way 70. My lovely friends 71. I ask you, sir, to 72. Of course I love you 73. Yes, it is pretty 74. I hear that Andromeda 75. Well! 76. Sappho, when some fool 77. Strange to say 78. I taught the talented 79. Really, Gorgo 80. As you love me 81. Greetings to Gorgo 82. Rich as you are 83. Don't ask me what to wear PART SIX 84. If you are squeamish 85. Before they were mothers 86. Experience shows us 87. We know this much 88. Say what you please 89. Then the god of war 90. As for the exiles 91. In memory 92. Do you remember 93. Be kind to me 94. You remind me 95. When they were tired 96. The gods bless you 97. I have often asked yoll 98. It is the Muses 99. Must I remind you, Cleis 100. I have no complaint A Footnote to These Translations Notes Bibliography Descriptive Index
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