Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Untitled Lyric Fragment by Sappho

Untitled Lyric Fragment by Sappho

[Text of the poem fragment in the original Greek]

[Translation by Anne Carson]


stars around the beautiful moon
hide back their luminous form
whenever all full she shines
             on the earth


Source of the text in Greek and in translation – Anne Carson, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002, pages 68-69.

TJB: Without a love of her own, the poet imagines her beloved as the full (pregnant?) moon, as a sort of bride, with stars as mere bridesmaids.




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