Sappho and Love

Analyze a literary device–most likely an image or metaphor–or series of devices you find in Plato, Sappho, or Catullus.

Sappho’s view of love is different from that of the writers of her time. From her poems you can see that she believed two women can love one another. Even though many of her works have been lost and we are only left with fragments and incomplete poems , this would be the best assumption that could be made. In poem one, the mood of the poem allows you feel the burning passion that Sappho ( or female) has for this woman.  She starts off by pleading with the Aphrodite whom is the goddess of love to not have her heart broken. She wants to make sure that the women whom she dearly loves will love her the same way too. Asking of Aphrodite to assist her and make sure that this comes to fruition.

Poem 94 continues to highlight love between two women as like poem 1. This poem however shows an argument that happens between a Sappho and a woman she is in a relationship with. The imagery provided in the poem  highlights the beautiful moments that they shared with one another. The vivid and descriptive language used allows you to see the love they once had for one another.

2 thoughts on “Sappho and Love

  1. I agree, from Sappho’s point of view, love can happen between anyone, not just strictly between a man and a woman. Love, in Sappho’s eyes, is free and unrestricted – it is so powerful an emotion that it transcends social norms and standards. I found that the intense desires and vivid descriptions portrayed in these poems helped to express the idea that love was not a science, a philosophy nor something that could be easily categorized and logically proven. Love was simply a mysterious force that was the foundation for human thoughts and actions.

  2. I agree with you that she believed two women can love one another. In addition, in poem 16, she also states that love is the most important thing in the world is love. So that Sappho even agreed that Helen went to Troy for because of Paris. Some people may not agree with what Helen did, bit Sappho since Helen fall in love with Paris.

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