Sappho And Aphrodite By Sappho Essay

1430 Words Feb 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Hymn to Aphrodite by Sappho stuck out to me above all other artworks we discussed. I really enjoyed the raw emotion and the humility of Sappho begging for emotional support. This is a prayer to the goddess Aphrodite, and speaks of times of trouble in Sappho’s life. Sappho is depressed because a woman that she loved has left in order to be married and, in turn, she is heartbroken. Sappho is asking Aphrodite for help in a lyrical poem that has three separate parts, each different in length and meaning. Though this poem may seem to speak directly of the relationship between Sappho and another woman; however, I argue that the formal properties suggest that the real relationship being discussed is between Sappho and Aphrodite. Some of my arguments include the formal properties such as: lyrical and epic poetry, enjambed stanzas, and use of dialogue. These formal properties prove that my argument is valid and secure with concrete evidence from the poem.
This poem has three sections, and the first is considerably longer than the other two. The first section shows the relationship between Sappho and Aphrodite. It shows that they have spoken in the past and Aphrodite has been there to help Sappho, which is why she has returned in another time of need. I assume it is the longest section because it is the most important relationship to Sappho. This first section begins to show a love triangle that seems to be mystifying to Sappho. The love triangle includes Sappho, Aphrodite, and the…

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