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Talking with Sappho

A while back, I shared with cafenowhere an assignment from my feminist rhetoric class to fill in one of the fragments of Sappho's poetry.  cafenowhere did a fantastic job--I'm a little jealous of her proficiency with poetry, but also happy for her for her proficiency with poetry (if that makes sense).

I have below pasted below Sappho's poem, with the blanks indicated by brackets, and then my "talking with Sappho" poem below.

I invite interested readers to try this activity, too! Please share!

Sappho Poem
Original
]
]work
]face
]
]
If not, winter
]no pain
]
]I bid you sing
Of Gongyla, Abanthis, taking up
Your lyre as (now again) longing
                floats around you,

you beauty. For her dress when you saw it
stirred you. And I rejoice.
In fact she herself once blamed me
                Kyprogeneia

because I prayed
this word:
I want

My Version
Wish, want, yearn
toward
aspirations of desire
lovework
hidden face
musical desires

If not, winter
Ice feeling, no pain
numb snowflakes
Songs of spring, I bid you sing
Of Gongyla, Abanthis, taking up
Your lyre as (now again) longing
                floats around you,

you beauty. For her dress when you saw it
stirred you. And I rejoice.
In fact she herself once blamed me
                Kyprogeneia

because I prayed
this word:
I want

Comments

Nice! :-)
Thanks! It was a great exercise in a great class. This feminist rhetoric/feminist pedagogy class was wonderful! Fantastic teacher--she really enacted feminist pedagogy and she was a wonderful rhetor! :-)
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