Book The Fifty-First

Stung With Love by Sappho

Collection of the larger fragments of Sappho’s works.

Like a lot of poetry, I really liked individual pieces in this book, but overall it didn’t grab me. Admittedly, I can see why Sappho has the reputation she does – the good lines are spectacularly good.

I also liked the academic commentary (which was significantly longer than the poetry). It was interesting and didn’t fall into the trap that academia occasionally lays for people with my attention span – that of being too technical and boring.

Overall: good. Which seems like slightly faint praise for one of the most famous and well-regarded poets in human history, but that’s what you get.


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