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  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140455574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140455571
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sappho was born sometime between 630 and 617 BCE and died around 570. Little of certainty is known about her life. A native of the island of Lesbos, she resided in its largest city, Mytilene. She composed songs for choral and solo performance on a wide range of themes but is best known for amatory songs focusing on adolescent females. She is renowned as the first woman poet in literary history, and her songs have been universally admired throughout antiquity and modernity. Aaron Poochigian was born in 1973. He earned his Phd in Classics in 2006. He was a visiting professor of Classics at the University of Utah in 2007-8 and is currently D.L. Jordon Fellow at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. His poems and translations have appeared in a number of journals, including Chimaera, Classical Journal and Unsplendid. Carol Ann Duffy's poetry has received every major award in Britain, including the Whitbread and the Forward prized for Mean Time and the T.S. Eliot Award for Rapture. In the USA she has received the E.M. Forster and Lannan Awards. Carol Ann has also written extensively for children and has editied many anthologies.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Maro on April 24, 2010
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As Carol Ann Duffy, Britain's poet laureate says, "In these wonderful new translations by Aaron Poochigian we hear the voice of a great and enduring poet. Sappho." I couldn't agree more.

I have reread Poochigian's translation several times and I find them more and more beautiful each time through. I was surprised and delighted by the rhythms and his choice of words. Many of the poems struck me as sensual and moving. Sappho must have had an extraordinarily beautiful mind, but I never appreciated her poems in translation before now. If you don't read Ancient Greek, but you want to know what all the fuss is about, this is a very good translation to choose.

Preface:

Carol Ann Duffy has a lot of insight into Sappho. It is worth buying the book just to read what she says.

The Introduction:

Probably the weakest part of the whole book, but still filled with useful information and a good list of suggested reading. I would find this book very helpful if I had to write an essay on Sappho.

The Notes:

I learned more about Sappho from Poochigian's notes than I did in the class I took on Greek Lyric Poetry. I don't usually read notes, but these held my attention.

The Translation:

Poochigian's translation is accurate enough that you get a real sense of what the Greek says. I have read four of her poems in the original Greek; this translation captured both the sense and the beauty of the original.

Poochigian is a wonderful poet. He made good choices metrically in this translation. Normally, I am not a fan of translations into verse, but this one has a beauty all its own. I will probably read it out loud many times in the years to come because I love the way the words sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gaetano catelli on October 2, 2012
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As an amateur scholar of ancient Rome's greatest love-poet, Catullus, I have long looked forward to learning more about one his major influences, Western antiquity's greatest love-poet, Sappho of Lesbos. I feel fortunate to have chosen as my first (sustained) encounter with Sappho and her work Aaron Poochigian's "Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments".

The other 5-star reviews summarize well this book's many strengths: I too find Poochigian's notes wonderfully illuminating. And, his translations also give me pleasure.

For example this fragment:

" ... as for you girls, the gorgeous ones,
There will be no change in my plans." (Oh, my!)

Or, this one:

"What farm girl, garbed in fashions from the farm
And witless of the way
A hiked hem would display
Her ankles, captivates you with her charm?" (Meow!)

Poochigian's prose is clear as a mountain spring, and just as refreshing in its lack of jargon or `theory'.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Geert Van Klinken on September 7, 2013
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Wonderful set of poems, fantastic explanation, but the Kindle layout makes it virtually incomprehensible. The book is designed with poem on right hand page, explanationon left hand page. But Kindle does not preserve that layout, so you never know quite which poem is being discussed in the explanation.
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transaction was as planned and announced
The Penguinbook is very welle conceived as it gives an excellent description of the live of Sappho and the the society she lived in.
The "Further reading " is handy as are the comments which preceed every poem or fragment thereof.
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