If Not, Winter

If Not, Winter

Fragments of Sappho

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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.

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."

"Sappho's verse has been elevated to new heights in [this] gorgeous translation." -- The New York Times

"Carson is in many ways [Sappho's] ideal translator....Her command of language is hones to a perfect edge and her approach to the text, respectful yet imaginative, results in verse that lets Sappho shine forth." --Los Angeles Times
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780375724510
Branch Call Number: 884.01 S241i
Characteristics: xiii, 397 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Carson, Anne 1950-

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Calmage_Wolfatee
Jul 08, 2018

As a source for a entry level-history course biography, I learned through Dr. Carson's translations that Sappho's poems mentions both female and male lovers. This translation of poetry stands apart because the book includes a section at the back discussing the possible different meanings of certain words.

Multcolib_Research May 23, 2013

"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.' "(630 B.C.?–570 B.C.?)

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Calmage_Wolfatee
Jul 08, 2018

Some men say an army of horse and some men say an army on foot
and some men say an army of ships is the most beautiful thing
on the black earth. But I say it is
what you love.

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