from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Sappho fl. c. 600 B.C. Greek lyric poet considered one of the greatest poets of antiquity although only fragments of her romantic lyrics survive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Trochilidae.
- proper n. An Ancient Greek female name, particularly borne by a poetess from Lesbos who lived between 630 and 570 BC (exact dates unknown).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of brilliant South American humming birds of the genus Sappho, having very bright-colored and deeply forked tails; -- called also firetail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A humming-bird with a long forked tail, Sappho sparganura.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of such Trochilidæ; the comets. See comet, 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the Greek lyric poet of Lesbos; much admired although only fragments of her poetry have been preserved (6th century BC)
Watching a play by Euripides or reading poetry by Sappho is perhaps as incomplete an experience today as watching a "play" by Wagner or reading "poetry" by Stephen Sondheim would be
Robinson become the "avatar" of Sappho, but she also makes the point in Sappho and Phaon that it is poets like themselves, and not polemicists like Wollstonecraft, who have
Robinson writes of the ill-fated romance in Sappho and Phaon, casting Sappho as the supreme example of the heightened sensibility that is born with poetic genius, and attributing her amoral reputation to the envy of little minds.
Sappho is neither sexually loose, as Gainsborough's chemise suggests, nor sexually innocent.
This has an unsettling if little-recognized implication: watching a play by Euripides or reading poetry by Sappho is perhaps as incomplete an experience today as watching a "play" by Wagner or reading "poetry" by Stephen Sondheim would be.
The name of the Grecian poetess, Sappho, is probably known to almost every reader.
Sometimes she suffered from what she called “imeros”—a word from Sappho that meant a kind of almost sexual craving for romance.
I think Sappho aka Lynn pegs my view pretty well - I see a need for strong gender distinctions as an essentially childish perspective.
Margaret's was a fine, well-bred animal, called Sappho, with a skin as smooth as a white suede glove; it stood almost as high as a mule.
Comparisons, especially about the beauty of women, are very artistic, recalling Sappho and Catullus:
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