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Sappho and the Greek Lyric Poets Subsequent Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0805208313
ISBN-10: 0805208313
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(Expanded edition of Greek Lyric Poetry)

"Armed with this book a teacher can more readily convince the Greekless that Greek lyric poetry was one of the supreme achievements of literary history."

-- Classical Bulletin

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Text: English, Greek (translation)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; Subsequent edition (November 23, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805208313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805208313
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a student of Greek Lyric poetry, I have spent many an hour in the library pouring over varying translations of many greek lyric poets. This book is by far the most complete, true-to-original book around; it has nearly all earth's remaining greek lyric from the Lyric Age, and, fankly, Barnstone's poems outstrip others in naked beauty. Those who are looking for Sappho--Each translator has thier strong poems and their weak ones, Barnstone, however, is strongest overall. His version of "To Anaktoria" is my favorite of all Sappho in translation.
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Barnstone, along with Guy Davenport, is one of the only two translators that have managed to get Sappho right in English. Davenport is better with the longer, more complete poems, but Barnstone is best with some of the shorter fragments. He captures the limpidity and delicateness of the poet best. Beautiful.

The rest of the book is an excellent anthology of poems by other lyric poets. Barnstone is one of the best of translators working out there and he does not disappoint.
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