Tom Simard

Poetry, Music, and Prose

Sappho Fragments (1 & 2)

For those who are interested, join us in our reading of Sappho.

”                            And fine birds brought you,
quick sparrows over the black earth
whipping their wings down the sky
through midair-

they arrived.”

From Fragment 1

“And in it cold water makes a clear sound through
apple branches and with roses the whole place
is shadowed and down from radiant-shaking leaves
sleep comes dropping.

And in it a horse meadow has come into bloom
with spring flowers and breezes
like honey are blowing.”

From Fragment 2

Anne Carson’s If Not Winter: Fragments of Sappho

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Sappho Fragments (1 & 2)

  1. I will be watching and reading Thank You

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  2. Wonderful. You have to feel jealous of the ancients and how close they lived to nature and the turn of the seasons.

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  3. Sappho now has a new subscriber. Thanks.

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  4. Inese Poga Art Gallery on said:

    What a depth of expression!

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  5. Anne Carson is simply wonderful. Her translations give Sappho breath.

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    • A very good way of putting it.

      The fairly complete fragments are truly a pleasure – the very fragmented fragments are a challenge to the mind to wonder what it is she may have wanted to say. I’ve had the idea for fun to try my hand at them – to write a series of poems On Sappho using those that consist of hardly more than a handful words as a launching pad. We’ll see.

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