According to ancient traditions, she wrote nine volumes of poetry. Sappho is said to have written two hundred pieces, but only two complete poems and about forty fragments have survived. Of these fragments, ten were found in the mid-19th century on the island of Lesbos, where it is believed that she lived out her life in modest circumstances. She may have been a slave or free woman.
Fragments of Sappho's work have been found all over Greece, especially on Lesbos. But although many of them are very beautiful, none has been included in any collection of Sappho's poems until recently. In 1972, two scholars made an extraordinary discovery while cleaning up manuscripts in a library in Cambridge, England. They found several dozen more fragments of Sappho's work hidden away among the books for nearly 300 years. Since then, further discoveries have been made every year. Today, we know of over forty fragments of Sappho's poetry. Several of these pieces are large enough to be considered "songs."
It is a long poem, probably intended to be sung to the music of a lyre. Sappho describes how much she loves Lady Love and hopes that she will be chosen by her to marry.
Sappho was a Greek lyric poet who lived on Lesbos in the sixth century BCE and has been renowned since antiquity for the beauty of her writing style. She was born around 658 or 656 BCE, and she died in either 544 or 545 BCE.
Sappho was very well-known back then too! Her name was even used as a generic term for a lyrical poem. Nowadays, we call her poems odes because they usually begin with the word "ode". But that's just a fancy name for a song of praise or gratitude.
Looking at Sappho's life story, it's easy to see that she had a pretty interesting life. She was born into a wealthy family on Lesbos, a large island off the coast of present-day Greece, and she moved to Athens when she was already a young woman so that she could live a more adventurous life. It seems like she didn't get much support from her family back home to go travel abroad, which probably explains why she moved away so early in life.
However, despite not having them all her own way, she still managed to have a very successful career as a poet. Sappho is said to have written hundreds of songs (lyrics only), many of which are still preserved today.
Sappho (/'saefoU/; Greek: Sappho Sappho [sap.pho:]; Aeolic Greek Psappho Psappho; c. 630–c. 570 BCE) was a Lesbian Greek poet. Sappho is well-known for her lyric poetry, which was created to be sung with the accompaniment of a lyre. Sappho's life is mostly unknown. We do know that she was born in Lesbos some time before 630 and died after 570.
Sappho's most famous poem is called "I Love You." In it, she sings about her love for another woman named Phaon. It has been suggested that Sappho wrote this poem for one of her friends who was also a poet. But none of her poems have survived.
Sappho has always had a special place in my heart because I think she wrote some of the first lesbian love poems. She was probably a self-proclaimed slave who lived in Greece. Sappho used her freedom as a poet to express her opinions about politics and society. She was very influential on future poets because all ancient Greek poets learned their skills from her.
Sappho means "lioness" in Greek. When you read her name, it sounds like sapphire but it is actually a type of gemstone. Sapphire is the color of love in French and Italian and therefore represents poetic inspiration.