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"When I look at you, even a moment, no speaking / is left in me / no: tongue breaks and thin / fire is racing under skin / and in eyes no sight and drumming / fills ears." Sappho 31, "Untitled"

If Not, Winter, Fragments of Sappho



630 BCE – 570 BCE
Dates are approximate

Greek lyric poet from Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. Born on Lesbos at the close of the seventh century BCE, Sappho was famously declared the “Tenth Muse” by Plato. Ancient sources state that Sappho produced nine volumes of poetry. While two hundred fragments have been attributed to Sappho, only two complete poems and approximately forty fragments survive.