If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
Of the nine books of lyrics the ancient Greek poet Sappho is said to have composed, only one poem has survived complete. The rest are fragments. In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho’s fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the... show more
Of the nine books of lyrics the ancient Greek poet Sappho is said to have composed, only one poem has survived complete. The rest are fragments. In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho’s fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the ragged scraps of papyrus that preserve them, inviting a thrill of discovery and conjecture that can be described only as electric—or, to use Sappho’s words, as “thin fire . . . racing under skin.” By combining the ancient mysteries of Sappho with the contemporary wizardry of one of our most fearless and original poets, If Not, Winter provides a tantalizing window onto the genius of a woman whose lyric power spans millennia.
Publish date: August 12th 2003
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
someone will remember us I say even in another time It's so frustrating to read these fragments. I just want to know what the whole poems were.
Well that was frustrating. Through no fault of Anne Carson's I struggled with this. The poems we get are so stunning, but just getting snatches and even single words is incredibly unsatisfying. I really did appreciate the end notes though, as they provided needed context. I liked Carson's translatio...
Imagine if the majority of Shakespeare’s plays and poetry had disappeared long ago. It’s not a far-fetched proposition, when you think about it; all of Shakespeare’s personal writing and manuscripts are missing, and several of the plays are missing (Cardenio, Love’s Labors Found, etc). However, a ...
It makes me uneasy to be underwhelmed by a book the rest of the planet rates very highly, but underwhelmed I was. I am neither a Greek scholar nor have I read Sappho previously, so maybe this was the wrong place to start. There were definitely some good fragments in the book, but a lot of the time I...
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