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Sappho was an Ancient Greek lyrical poet. She was born between 630 and 612 BC, on the island of Lesbos, which is where the word lesbian comes from. Her parents were aristocrats so she was rich enough to go to school. She later had a school where young women received an education before marriage.

Little is known for certain about her life, except that her poetry was highly thought of. Unfortunately, most of it has been lost.

Sappho's poetry centers on passion and love for various people and both genders. The narrators of her poems often speak of infatuations and love for various females. Descriptions of physical acts between women are few and open to debate. Whether these poems are meant to be autobiographical is not known, although elements of other parts of Sappho's life do make appearances in her work. It would be like her style to have these intimate encounters expressed poetically.

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  • Sappho -Love Without Limits


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“Sardis often turning her thoughts here

you like a goddess

and in your song most of all she rejoiced.


But now she is conspicuous among Lydian women

as sometimes at sunset

the rosyfingered moon


surpasses all the stars. And her light

stretches over salt sea

equally and flowerdeep fields.


And the beautiful dew is poured out

and roses bloom and frail

chervil and flowering sweetclover.


But she goes back and forth remembering

gentle Atthis and in longing

she bites her tender mind”


“[You for] the fragrant-blossomed Muses’ lovely gifts

[be zealous,] girls, [and the] clear melodious lyre:


[but my once tender] body old age now

[has seized;] my hair’s turned [white] instead of dark;


my heart’s grown heavy, my knees will not support me,

that once on a time were fleet for the dance as fawns.


This state I oft bemoan; but what’s to do?

Not to grow old, being human, there’s no way.


Tithonus once, the tale was, rose-armed Dawn,

love-smitten, carried off to the world’s end,


handsome and young then, yet in time grey age

o’ertook him, husband of immortal wife.”

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