Sappho Lived During The Sixth Century Bc On The Island Of Lesbos

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Sappho lived during the sixth century BC on the island of Lesbos. There is very little that is to know about the life of Sappho, she is one of the greatest women of Greek lyrics, and through her work of both lyrics and narrative poems she focused on beauty and love. Catullus was a Latin poet from the late Roman Republic, his style of writing is mostly neoteric poetry. Sappho’s writings are softer and more feminine, she would express how passion, relationships and jealousy felt like. Her writings are in first person, this allows her to find a deep human connection through personal emotions. However, Catullus writing style shows his strong and more masculine emotions. He also uses more sarcasm and angst to have a different tone in his writings. Catullus found inspiration from Sappho’s poetry, and in most of their works there are many similarities. There is one thing that stands out, Sappho’s lyric poetry is more feminine than Catullus’, which tends to be extremely masculine. Both Sappho and Catullus are lyric poets, most of Sappho’s writings have a softer emotional connection, in the poem “He is more than a hero” by Sappho, she evokes the feelings of being lovesick with emotions of both tenderness and vulnerability. “I can 't speak- my tongue is broken; a thin flame runs under my skin; seeing nothing,..” ( page 564, line 10-13). This shows how passionate Sappho was as a person, she has deep feelings for this person, and she isn 't afraid to tell that. She is so…

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