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Loving Lady of Lesvos, who wrote:

"Although they are only breath, words which I command are immortal" *

Internet Resources:
  • The Divine Sappho This site has many resources including translations by several authors, links to pictures, recordings, essays.

  • The Poems of Sappho, translated by Edwin Marion Cox [1925], transliterated by J.B. Hare [2000]. Complete Cox translations, notes, index of first lines.

  • "Works By Sappho" includes 42 poem fragments, mostly translations of Mary Barnard, from the Poetry Archives

  • Pine Valley – Poems by Sappho: eleven translations by Mary Barnard.

  • Sappho: “Someone in Another Time Will Remember Us.” Annotated translations from Diane J. Rayor and from Jane McIntosh Snyder, links, bibliography. This is Sappho's entry at Other Women's Voices.

  • Sappho and the World of Lesbian Poetry William Harris translates some fragments with commentary on problems of translating. Also links to a A longer and more detailed 134 page .pdf article with the Greek text, has an English translation, art background and detailed sound analysis: Sappho: The Greek Poems,

  • Sappho: twenty-six fragments translated by A.M. Miller, some annotated.

  • From Diotima: Women and Gender in the Ancient World: http://www.stoa.org/diotima/

  • Sappho's Choral Music: brief excerpts from "Who Sang Sappho's Songs?" by André Lardinois are accompanied by English translations of some of the Sappho fragments by David A. Campbell.

  • "Poetry of Sappho" -a page at the Isle of Lesbos, includes six poem fragments, each by a different translator.

  • "I More Than Envy Him", translation by Paul Roche. at the Eclectic Artistry Poetry Gallery

  • "Sappho and Her Wedding Songs" an essay by Jennifer Powers, includes several translations of fragments by Roche and Powell. Also see bibliography.

  • "Sappho Schoolmistress", an interesting essay by Holt N. Parker, discusses especially how little is known about Sappho and her poems.

  • Sappho: This page is devoted to understanding the poetry of Sappho – some links organized by Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Associate Professor of Greek and Roman Classics at Temple University.

  • Sappho, the first modern poet includes a picture of a mosaic and an excerpt from Edith Mora's "Sappho -- the story of a poet" Flammarion, 1966.

  • Sappho and Phaon - SAPPHO AND PHAON IN A SERIES OF Legitimate Sonnets, WITH THOUGHTS ON POETICAL SUBJECTS, AND ANECDOTES OF THE GRECIAN POETESS. BY MARY ROBINSON, Author of Poems, &c. &c. &c. &c. - from the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia

  • Sappho, Ancient Greek Poet contains a short intro and some links to more reading.


  • Complete listings for Sappho at Amazon Books includes the following selected titles:
    NOTE: If you link from here to Amazon.com and then buy a new book, 5 to 15% of your purchase price will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

    (Alphabetical order by translator to English:)
    • *Sappho: A New Translation by Mary Barnard. Foreword by Dudley Fitts. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1958. LC Call No.: PA4408.E5 B3 Dewey No.: 884.2 Paperback (May 1988) Univ California Press; ISBN: 0520011171

    • Sappho - Poems, A New Version by Sappho, Willis Barnstone (Translator), Paperback - 144 pages (September 15, 1999) Consortium Book Sales & Dist; ISBN: 189229513X

    • Sappho and the Greek Lyric Poets by Willis Barnstone (Translator), William E. McCulloh, Tzalopoulou Barnstone (Illustrator) Paperback - 351 pages (December 1988) Schocken Books; ISBN: 0805208313

    • Greek Lyric : Sappho and Alcaeus by David A. Campbell (Translator). Hardcover: (Vol 1 of the Loeb Classical Library) (December 1982) Harvard Univ Pr; ISBN: 0674991575

    • If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, by Sappho, Anne Carson (Translator). Hardcover: 416 pages - (August 20, 2002) Knopf; ISBN: 0375410678

    • Sappho (Everyman's Poetry Library) translations by by Robert Chandler. Paperback - 128 pages (October 1998) Everyman; ISBN: 046087943X

    • Poems and Fragments by Sappho, Stanley Lombardo (Translator)
      Paperback: Hackett Pub Co; ISBN: 0872205916; (March 2002)
      Hardcover (library binding): Hackett Pub Co; ISBN: 0872205924

    • Sappho the Poems, by Sasha Newborn (Translator), Jeanne Morgan (Illustrator) Paperback Revised edition (March 1998) Bandanna Books; ISBN: 0942208110

    • Sappho: A Garland: The Poems and Fragments of Sappho, by Sappho, Jim Powell (Translator). Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux.
      Hardcover: ISBN: 0374253935; (October 1993)
      Paperback: ISBN: 0374524211; Reprint edition (September 1994)

    • The Love Songs of Sappho (Literary Classics) by Sappho, Paul Roche (Translator), Page DuBois (Introduction) Paperback - 251 pages (January 1999) Prometheus Books; ISBN: 157392251X


    • Sappho's Immortal Daughters, by Margaret Williamson. "Her life is the stuff of legends; her poetry, the source of endless speculation. This book is a search for Sappho through the poetry she wrote, the culture she inhabited, and the myths that have arisen around her. It is an expert and thoroughly engaging introduction to one of the most enduring and enigmatic figures of antiquity."
      Hardcover (November 1995) Harvard University Press; ISBN: 0674789121
      Paperback - 220 pages Reprint edition (March 1998) Harvard Univ Pr; ISBN: 067478913X

  • Check the Library of Congress Catalogs to see what may be available through interlibrary loan.


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