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The Moon and Stars
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Sappho


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The stars that round the Queen of Night
Like maids attend her
Hide as in veils of mist their light
When she, in full-orbed glory bright.
O'er all the earth shines from her height
A silver splendour.

This poem is in the public domain.

 

 

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One of the few early female poets we know about, Sappho was born on a Greek island sometime between 630 and 612 BC. She came from an aristocratic family and married a wealthy merchant, so enjoyed the freedom to study and explore the arts at will. Although there was one period of time when political oppression caused her to flee her home, Sappho's life was one of comfort and happiness. Her poems describe festivals, parades, celebrations, love, and the joy of friends; they were typically sung, or accompanied by music (usually played on a lyre). She was famous enough during her lifetime to see monuments erected in her honor, and her influence on poetry is undeniable. It is also possible that Sappho invented the pick—in which case, her impact on the world of music is equally significant!

 

 

 

 


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ccmatthe:
Simply elegant.
Posted 09/15/2016 08:46 PM
Larry Schug:
A glimpse into a different time, a different culture, a different mythology as only a poem can provide. Much food for thought in these words.
Posted 09/15/2016 07:59 AM
blueskies:
A stunning & shining tribute celebrating Sister Moon!
Posted 09/15/2016 06:03 AM
Newf:
That is just beautiful.
Posted 09/15/2016 04:56 AM


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