If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (Vintage Contemporaries)

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If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (Vintage Contemporaries)

By  Sappho , Translated by  Anne Carson
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In this "gorgeous translation" (The New York Times), one of our most fearless and original poets provides a tantalizing window onto the genius of a woman whose lyric power spans millennia. 

Of the nine books of lyrics the ancient Greek poet Sappho is said to have composed, only one poem has survived complete. The rest are fragments. In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho’s fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the ragged scraps of papyrus that preserve them, inviting a thrill of discovery and conjecture that can be described only as electric—or, to use Sappho’s words, as “thin fire ... racing under skin.” 

"Carson is in many ways [Sappho's] ideal translator.... Her command of language is hones to a perfect edge and her approach to the text, respectful yet imaginative, results in verse that lets Sappho shine forth." —Los Angeles Times

ANNE CARSON was born in Canada and has been a professor of Classics for over thirty years. Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations.

ISBN: 9780375724510

ISBN-10: 9780375724510

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 08/12/2003 - 12:00am

On Sale: 08/12/2003 - 12:00am

Pages: 416

Language: English


Poetry / Ancient & Classical

Poetry / Women Authors

Poetry / European