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Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics [Kindle Edition]

Bliss Carman
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About the Author

Bliss Carman FRSC (April 15, 1861 – June 8, 1929) was a Canadian poet who lived most of his life in the United States, where he achieved international fame. He was acclaimed as Canada's poet laureate during his later years. In Canada Carman is classed as one of the country's Confederation Poets, a group which also included Charles G.D. Roberts (his cousin), Archibald Lampman, and Duncan Campbell Scott. "Of the group, Carman had the surest lyric touch and achieved the widest international recognition. But unlike others, he never attempted to secure his income by novel writing, popular journalism, or non-literary employment. He remained a poet, supplementing his art with critical commentaries on literary ideas, philosophy, and aesthetics."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 127 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1428003843
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJZU0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,681 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "You ask how love can keep the mortal soul" 3 Aug. 2007
I was intoruduced to Sappho whilst I was at university, during my English studies. This first introduction was only of one particular fragment, but it had me captivated and I longed to go off and try and find more of this poetess. My search then led me to Bliss Carman's translation / interpretations and I was delighted. I was able to find the fragment that I had first discovered in the lecture room, but I also discovered that other fragments were equally as good.

From the little I know about Sappho, this collection does a superb job at conveying the overall tone of her work. Love is the ever present theme here, with all of its manifestations making an appearance - jealousy, desire, passion that verges on obsession and longing. Nature is made use of to create imagery and metaphor to an exquisite standard. Greek gods and goddesses are also incorporated into some of the fragments, adding more depth to the words. What I especially love about this collection is how spirituality an religion is also drawn upon to illustrate the power of the feelings being described. One does this fabulously:-

"Heart of mine, if all the altars
Of all the ages stood before me,
Not one pure enough nor sacred
Could I find to lay this white, white
Rose of love upon.

I who am not great enough to
Love thee with this mortal body
So impassionate with ardour,
But oh, not too small to worship
While the sun shall shine,-

I would build a fragrant temple
To thee, in the dark green forest,
Of red cedar and fine sandal,
And there love thee with sweet service
All my whole life long. . ." (No.xxx11, p.40-41)

The idea of her love being too pure, too spiritual to have any altar in all of the ages speaks volumes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sappho: 100 Little Delights 20 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a big fan of the few small snippets of Sappho's works that I have been introduced to over the years. It was lovely to read a much larger section of her prose. I loved this book a lot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A beautiful introduction to thus classic poet, you can dip in and out as when. The footnotes are pretty good and can't believe this is completely free! Love it and read it all the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have this as a free starter 1 Jun. 2015
By Lyns
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
my 1st read of Sappho... so not sure how well it has been translated etc in this version... but the poems flow and its difficult to put the kindle down read almost all of book in first sitting.. ... will definitely be looking for more info on this lady. Great to have this as a free starter.
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