STUNG WITH LOVE: POEMS AND FRAGMENTS BY SAPPHO
Will 2021 be the year of the poet? With the formidable Amanda Gorman reciting her work at the inauguration and the Superbowl and writers like Cleo Wade and Rupi Kaur climbing the bestsellers lists whilst also clocking up millions of followers on Instagram, it certainly is looking that way. But this Sunday, we are going back to basics by spending some time reading Stung With Love - Poems and Fragments of Sappho.
Born 630 BCE on an island in the Aegean Sea, Sappho is one of the most iconic, mysterious and supremely gifted poets to have ever walked this earth and certainly the first female to be firmly etched into the literary canon. Plato called her his tenth muse, the Greeks put her face on coins and vases and generations of writers, from antiquity to the present day, celebrate her breathtaking lyric genius. Although 90% of Sappho’s work is estimated to have been lost, what remains is still so vivid and timeless that we get a powerful insight into the amorous vulnerability, curiosity and appreciation of the truly beautiful that signifies her poems. We are overjoyed that the reverberation of her voice is still with us to this day and that so many exciting new ones are emerging all around!