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Excellent book - shame about the language!,
This review is from: Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments of Sappho (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
For students of Sappho, this is an excellent addition to studies already available. The author's analysis is lucid, and the anecdotal evidence offered is revealing and often entertaining. The inadequacies of the remaining fragments of Sappho's work are well compensated for by neat and mostly convincing improvisation. If this work has a fault it is in some of the arcane language used: why do so many academics/scholars find it necessary to seek to impress we mere mortal students (or is it competing academics they seek to dazzle?) with absurdly long and obscure words? There can never, ever be a substitute for direct and simple plain Eglish.