The complete poems of Sappho by Willis Barnstone
The complete works of Sappho by Anthony Bonificio
Sappho of Mytilene, also known as Sappho of Lesbos or simply Sappho (born in Mytilene, Lesbos, ca. 650/610 and died in Léucade, in 580 B.C.) was a Greek poet of the Archaic period. Later Greek commentators included her in the list of the "nine lyric poets". Plato listed her as "the tenth Muse".
About Sappho's personal life there are only conjectures. Most of them come from interpretations of her poetic work, of which it is believed that less than ten percent has come down to us. Her work was compiled in the library of Alexandria in nine books, which were copied, translated and used for teaching until Pope Gregory VII in 1073 ordered all the manuscripts to be burned as immoral.
Unfortunately, almost all of her poems have come down to us in fragmentary form by indirect means, that is, thanks to the testimony of other authors who mention them. One of the poems is the one in which she describes what could be considered "symptoms of the disease of falling in love" of which we have a wonderful version by the Latin poet Catullus.
In thiaso (θίασος): "House of the servants of the Muses", a society in honor of Aphrodite and other gods, the young noblewomen of Lesbos were educated. There her disciples learned to recite poetry, sing, make crowns and flower pendants.... From her poems it is interpreted that Sappho fell in love with her disciples and had relationships with some of them. All this has made her a symbol of love between women.
She wrote in Aeolian dialect and created, or at least popularized, a stanza, the Sapphic. Her main theme was her feelings and love, propitiated by the goddess Aphrodite. Sensitivity and delicacy are the protagonists of her poems; feelings encountered with her circle of women, such as jealousy, love, disappointment, joy and rivalry, are captured in their full extent. The Sapphic world is a feminine world.
Her compositions could be distinguished by a strong presence of the singing self and that self-referential self which is often situated in time and space. It was necessary to create a suitable form of expression to express these innermost feelings.
In 2004 new fragments of Sappho were found, which substantially expand and improve one of her existing fragments. In this new extended fragment, Sappho laments the passage of time and masterfully depicts the effects of old age on her body and character using the myth of Titono, who never dies, but grows older. It is a simile with which Sappho identifies herself, she sees herself as Titono in front of her pupils, always the same age, always immortal in some way.
Sappho's work inspired several important later aesthetic movements: the image of a romantic heroine committing suicide for love was widely disseminated in Romanticism; romantic writers also used it as a shield to validate female authorship. With the contributions of the papyri found at the end of the 19th and 20th centuries, Sappho was once again read. In Italy, she served as a model for the Hermetic poets, who sought essentiality in poetry.
The canonical edition of the Lesbian poets was published in 1955 by Lobel and Page: Poetarum lesbiorum fragmenta. This edition and translation shaped a different vision of the poet. She lost her legend to become a real author.
Sarah Jane Maloney, born in 1986, lives in Lausanne, Switzerland. After obtaining, in 2011, her degree as " bachelor " in letters from the University of Lausanne, she pursues a Master's degree in advanced theater practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London (2013). Playwright of the Poche/GVE theater (Geneva) during 2018/19, she is the author of SapphoX, staged by Anna Lemonaki.
Laura Azcurra is an Argentinean performer, born in Buenos Aires in 1981.
She has forged an important career as an actress in theater, film and television in Argentina and as a TV host in several Latin American countries.
She started in cinema at the age of 14 under the direction of Eliseo Subiela in the movie "Despabílate Amor". Some TV hits in which she participated include "RRDT", "Campeones", "Verdad-Consecuencia", "Son Amores", "Soy Gitano", "Floricienta" and "Mujeres Asesinas".
Her incursion in theater led her to some of her most valuable experiences, such as starring in Madrid and Buenos Aires in the play "Contracciones", by Marta Betoldi, directed by Leonor Manso and Mario Pasik, as part of the cycle Teatro por la Identidad in 2001. She was also part of the prestigious play "Toc Toc" at the Multiteatro in Buenos Aires for 7 consecutive years. As author and actress she played 13 characters in the one-woman show "El amor en tiempos de Hormonas", at the Teatro El Picadero in Buenos Aires, directed by Corina Fiorillo.
In 2020 she played the character of Minnie Fay in the musical comedy classic "Hello Dolly" at the Opera Theater in Buenos Aires.
Always in search of new challenges, she was called by Discovery, Travel & Living to host the series "Ciudades y Copas" and was part of the team of hosts of "Pura Química", for ESPN+.
In 2016, as director, and performer, she composed and co-directed with Mariana Astutti, "Salir del ruedo".
Currently, she plays the director Mercedes Taylor, a character in the cast of "GO! Vive a tu manera", a series for children and teenagers released by Netflix in February 2019 for 190 countries around the world.