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Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics [Kindle Edition]

Bliss Carman
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About the Author

Bliss Carman FRSC (April 15, 1861 – June 8, 1929) was a Canadian poet who lived most of his life in the United States, where he achieved international fame. He was acclaimed as Canada's poet laureate during his later years. In Canada Carman is classed as one of the country's Confederation Poets, a group which also included Charles G.D. Roberts (his cousin), Archibald Lampman, and Duncan Campbell Scott. "Of the group, Carman had the surest lyric touch and achieved the widest international recognition. But unlike others, he never attempted to secure his income by novel writing, popular journalism, or non-literary employment. He remained a poet, supplementing his art with critical commentaries on literary ideas, philosophy, and aesthetics."

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  • File Size: 127 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1428003843
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJZU0M
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4.0 out of 5 stars Half Sappho, Half Carman, but Genuine Poetry. February 21, 2010
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Nobody knows Sappho's real life, but her spirit still exists now through her poems exactly. Mr Carman has proved this. William Bliss Carman is a true poet. His copious imaginative and astonishing construction which based on Sappho's many scattered fragments is a really splendid composition. It is constructed by rhythm, tone, and harmony, just like music. And some poems can be said his own words creation--an extreme example, the Poem Xll, surprisingly 'the first line only' attributes to Sappho's, and the rest fifteen lines are Carman's.
It is out of the question for his Victorian style from the narrow sight. Thou, thy, hark, haply, hadst, etc. which he has used, are doubtless beautiful sound phonetically. The use of inversion makes it also.
This book has a notable introduction by Charles George Douglas Roberts. (author's cousin also a poet who inspired Carman, and was knighted in 1935). We can go back to a hundred years ago at the first published time this Poetry in 1904.

A candid advice; this edition is large 8vo, but its inside layout is very poor. No regard to the page-separation for the verses, particularly annoying verse-line's number. I recommend the Feminine Publishing edition. Here, the both of those problems are none.

About Poem XC: In the edition of L.C.Page and Company MDCCCCllll (1904), the verse begins that, O sad, sad face....., not A sad, sad face..... I think "O" is a correct word.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Little of Sappho Here April 7, 2012
Carman has taken the few fragments of Sappho's poems and filled in considerably with his own imaginings. He has made complete poems out of single lines. They may be beautiful and they may be poetic, but if you're looking for scholarship on Sappho, this is not it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful May 26, 2014
By Andreea
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Although these poems are not the original poems of Sappho, we have to appreciate Bliss Carman's initiative to reconstruct them with the help of the few remaining bits of Sappho's texts. The poems are very beautiful and deep, because most of them are love poems, while others are concerned with themes as death, divinity, time, beauty and nature.
I have enjoyed very much reading these poems and I hope you will feel the same.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to Sappho November 5, 2013
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This is a great intro to Sappho's poetry. I'm skeptical of these cheapish editions, but I feel like I got the sense of the poetry from this one. I have no idea how good the translation is, and if I was going to study Sappho more seriously I would look to another edition, probably, but I thought that this one worked well as an intro and light read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sappho: 100 Little Delights July 1, 2012
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I am a big fan of the few small snippets of Sappho's works that I have been introduced to over the years. It was lovely to read a much larger section of her prose. I loved this book a lot!
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