translated from the ancient Greek by Diane J. Rayor, with an introduction and notes by André Lardinois
Sappho has probably had more words written about her in proportion to her own surviving output than any other writer. Yet for all the meagerness of her extant poetry, she is a founder in many more respects than in teaching us what love feels like. She is the first female poet and “learned woman” known to antiquity and to the “Western” literary tradition. Said to have been entitled “the tenth Muse” by Plato, she was the only woman whom ancient scholars included in the canon of significant lyric poets.