NPR logo
Book Club Of The Air: Sappho
Only Available in Archive Formats.
Book Club Of The Air: Sappho

Book Club Of The Air: Sappho

Book Club Of The Air: Sappho
Only Available in Archive Formats.

GUESTS: Mary Barnard translator of Sappho Page duBois Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of San Diego Author of Sappho Is Burning (University of Chicago Press, 1995) All that survives of Sappho's work are two incomplete poems and about a hundred fragments of verse— yet she is considered perhaps the greatest lyric poet of ancient Greece. Our biographical knowledge of Sappho is also scant...all that can be said with certainty is that she lived on Lesbos around the seventh century B.C. Sappho's Greek, which is by turns complex and colloquial, has been called untranslatable by many; but Mary Barnard's rendering of Sappho's verse has drawn high praise since it was published 40 years ago. Join Ray Suarez and guests to discuss the poetry of Sappho.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.