Sappho Essays

  • Ode To Aphrodite Analysis

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    consider that during Sappho’s era, women weren’t allowed to be writers… and yet Plato still deemed Sappho the “10th muse”. Sappho’s writing is also the first time, in occidental culture, that we get to know about emotions felt by a woman – and in this case, for another woman. Sappho’s use of the ode structure, coupled with certain details, diction and auditory choices demonstrate reason this poem and Sappho herself have become revered classics admired for centuries is that both the content and the medium

  • Sappho's Desire: A Streetcar Named Desire

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    Thesis: If Anaktoria would have stayed with Sappho, would she have written poetry like this? Desire The ancient poet Sappho expresses her feelings in her work. Her beautiful and heartbroken words send out the feeling of longing and desire she feels for Anaktoria, a woman who left her to find a husband. Sappho voices this feeling multiple times in her poetry. She says: ]of desire ] ]for when I look at you […] ]from every care ]you could release me (Sappho “Fragment 23” p.43) This shows us the desire

  • Symbolism In The Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck

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    In the short story “The Chrysanthemums” written by John Steinbeck, the flowers are symbolizing more than the eye may catch. The author displays how important these chrysanthemums are to Elisa Allen, but there is a deeper meaning to the flowers than just the love she has for them. The chrysanthemums represented more than just a passion and more than just her strength, but also her dignity. When they were thrown out on the side of the road, they symbolized her dignity which was now gone since the man

  • If Not Winter Sappho Analysis

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    consulting the mind. Anne Carson’s translation of Sappho’s fragments in, If Not Winter, creates experiences in which, eros produces a gap between the subject and the desired object. With the use of vivid imagery and overt symbolism within fragment 105A, Sappho allows her readers to experience the uncontrollable forces of desire and attraction which govern a person who is in love; even if such feelings are irrational. This ultimately creates a tangible distance between the subject and the object she desires

  • Plato's Symposium And The Oppression Of Sappho

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    The language in Plato’s symposium and the expression of Sappho’s poetry are similar in that they both deal with homoerotic love. Sappho, the only ancient Greek female author whose work survived, talks from the female point of observation, where as Plato’s work concentrates on the idea of love among males. In spite of the fact that both of their points of view are comparative in courses, for example, their thoughts of physical fascination and want, Plato’s work creates a better understanding of the

  • The Song Of Songs And Sappho And The Song Of Songs

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    like love, passion or even desire. There are couple of similarities between Sappho’s fragments and The Song of Songs yet there are also couple of disparities. Both expresses either love or desire towards someone. Although in Fragments 130 and 31, Sappho doesn’t directly tell the person who she’s admiring but instead keeps her feelings to herself. Meanwhile the Shulamite and her lover are both aware of each other feelings. The Song of Songs is described as a poem that expresses the sexual awaken or

  • In My Eyes He Ang The Gods Sappho Analysis

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    expressed in Sappho’s writing was her sexuality. Disregarding the fact that she was married to a man for a brief period of time, Sappho found a great interest in women (Poetry Foundation). As an illustration, the poem “In My Eyes He Matches the Gods” is enthusiastic towards Sappho’s sexuality. This poem is about a women Sappho sees sitting across the room and with a man. Sappho is envious of said man and states it does not matter who the man is with this women, any guy would be like the gods getting to

  • How Did Joan Of Arc And Sappho Influence Women

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    strong leaders of the past like Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt, Joan of Arc, and Sappho had to fight for their positions as leaders in society so they could inspire future women. For Queen Hatshepsut fighting for a leadership position meant reversing what Egyptians believed women could do politically and religiously. While for Joan of Arc it was disproving derogatory opinions on how much power women could hold over a military. Sappho was such a great poet that her work spread around the Mediterranean, but

  • Daniel Mendelsohn's Girl, Interrupted: Who Was Sappho

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    In Daniel Mendelsohn’s article “Girl, Interrupted: Who was Sappho?” he discusses what is known about poet Sappho, and also what is debated about her history. One of her poems he includes in his analysis is the newly constructed fragment 58, now known as the “Old Age Poem.” In the poem, Sappho seems to upsettingly discuss the idea and natural occurrence of growing old. As for my interpretation of the poem, perhaps Sappho is reflecting values of a time period in which youth and beauty were significant

  • Poem Analysis: Sappho's Love

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    Arvinth Sethuraman HSS-1-C Prof. Stieber Sappho's Love Sappho, one of the only female poets of ancient Greece able to parallel the fame of the males of her time, writes “fr. 16” as an essential anachronism, detailing the importance of affection within society. Throughout her work, Sappho also raises questions about love. Who can be loved? How powerful is love? Sappho generates a transcendental definition of love through her use of allusions as seen in the translations of her work by both Fowler

  • Beauvoir The Lesbian Analysis

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    lesbian romance and queer characters. The first lesbian themes in literature date back to as early as 600 BC the most famous Greek lyric poets, Sappho of Lesbos. Sappho’s interest in other women can be found in her poetry, but there is too little evidence to actually label her a lesbian. In “Lesbian Sappho and Sappho of Lesbos” from the book From Sappho to De Sade: Moments in the History of Sexuality (2014), scholar André Lardinois explains that not much of Sappho’s work has survived overtime, leaving

  • Analysis Of Sappho's Poetry

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    Greece could involve the performance of a song. It was not an unusual practice to perform a song while or after inscribing a curse-tablet or to perform or to compose (or even to write down) a curse in verses, thus a literary curse. If we suppose that Sappho borrowed some elements of other literate curses or of the language of magic and curse-tablets, then the similarities between her compositions and curses (literary or not) should exist at the level of content and form. Nevertheless, there also must

  • Prayer In Confessions Analysis

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    Within one of her poems. Sappho calls upon "Deathless Aphrodite of the spangled mind, child of Zeus, who twists lures" (Sappho 3) to assist her with her love life. Sappho's invocation is rather brief compared to Constantine's continuous praise of God. With short descriptions of Aphrodite being the "O blessed one" or having a "deathless face" (Sappho 3), Sappho's respect to Aphrodite is mentioned through her portrayal of the goddess' past

  • Confucianism In The Iliad

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    The Iliad by Homer The Iliad was a really good representation of the chaotic war-torn times of the area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea; this includes the countries Rome and Greece. It was a time where nations were trying to expand their power and influence and warriors were claiming their spoils of war. I mean the beginning of book I of The Iliad, Achilles and Agamemnon are arguing over the rewards and the spoils of war. Agamemnon didn’t want to give up his prize girl Chryses in order to please

  • Revenge: The Ever-Present Themes Of Revenge In The Iliad

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    Revenge lies within us all, Revenge is an instinctive human characteristic. These emotions and actions associated are neither preventable nor controllable. Everybody has felt and taken action on the emotion of revenge, whether it 's your sibling, friend, or enemy. Revenge can bring justice but as well bring pain to someone else. Vengeance is an extremely popular emotion in today 's life whether it is terrorism or a dispute between family and friends. Revenge can be a horrible emotion; it can sometimes

  • Malte's Essay: The Journey To Love

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    believes that greatness only comes when we suffer, endure, and wait. We have to accomplish everything else before we reach Him. It is only Him who practices restraint in order to let us grow, and understand, and become capable of love. Nobody understood Sappho in her time but she did not get distracted. She knew what she wanted to do. She did not stir from her path. She longed until the longing became the quest. It was perhaps not the man she loved but the one who might have been equal to her love that

  • Apollo God Of The Sun

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    Apollo the God of the Sun, also known as one of the sons of Zeus, is one of the most important gods and devoted to many relevant concepts of our lives. “Apollo is one of the most complex and important gods, and is the god of many things, including: music, poetry, art, oracles, archery, plague, medicine, sun, light and knowledge” ("Apollo • Facts And Information On Greek God Of The Sun Apollo"). The gentler side of Apollo is shown through his communication. He showed his joy of communication in ways

  • The City Of Ladies Analysis

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    More than six hundred years later the same issues of inequality and misogyny are still present in our society. The movement to fight against anti-feminism is not new. Thus, it only proves that the discrimination of women is more than centuries old. Written in 1405, The City Of Ladies is an allegorical story in response to the attack of men against women. Christine De Pizan highlights how a women are capable of good and moral character despite to the contrary of what male philosopher claimed to

  • Why Is Homosexuality Wrong

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    History Section #2 When looking at history, homosexuality extends back as far as records go. It is not something that simply “sprung up” as if it were a flower in a bare field in the last century or even the century before that. Homosexuality has been around since the beginning of recorded time. Cultures of the past took different views on homosexuality. Contrary to what some may believe, it was not seen as negative or something to be looked down upon by all previous civilizations. Along with this

  • Debussy's Six Epigraphes Antiques

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    INTRODUCTION Debussy and his love for the mysterious realm of the antique are epitomized in his piano duets Six Épigraphes Antiques. The work evolved over an extended period to become a prime example of his style of composition. The poems Chansons de Bilitis written by his close friend Pierre Louÿs (1894) inspired Debussy to compose firstly Trois Chansons de Bilitis (1898) three songs for soprano and piano, then Chansons de Bilitis (1901) instrumental music to accompany the reading of a selection