Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Untitled lyric fragment by Sappho

Untitled Lyric Fragment by Sappho

[Text of the poem fragment in the original Greek]

[Translation by Anne Carson]


as the sweetapple reddens on a high branch

     high on the highest branch and the applepickers forgot

no, not forgot: were unable to reach


like the hyacinth in the mountains that shepherd men

with their feet trample down and on the ground the purple


Source of the text in Greek and in translation – Anne Carson, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002, pages 214-215.

TJB: Two hendecasyllabic wedding-similes: a beloved as the highest, unpickable/sweetest apple; & a beloved, a trampled flower/loved too much by Apollo.




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