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Piecing Together the FragmentsTranslating Classical Verse, Creating Contemporary Poetry$
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Josephine Balmer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199585090

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585090.001.0001

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A Broken Voice Through the Silence: Sappho: Poems and Fragments

A Broken Voice Through the Silence: Sappho: Poems and Fragments

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Piecing Together the Fragments
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Josephine Balmer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585090.003.0005

This chapter looks at the translation of Sappho’s fragmentary verse, examining the strategies required for working on both the longer surviving poems and the shorter, often one-word fragments. It explores how new readings of Sappho’s poetry by classical scholars, such as Mary Lefkowitz and Page duBois, can also lead to new versions and poetry translations, with particular reference to Josephine Balmer’s Sappho: Poems and Fragments (1984 and 1992), as well as versions by Mary Barnard, Ezra Pound, Willis Barnstone, and Anne Carson.

Keywords:   Sappho, fragments, translation, Mary Lefkowitz, Page duBois, Josephine Balmer, Ezra Pound, Mary Barnard, Willis Barnstone, Anne Carson

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