Analysis Of Sappho's 'Hymn To Aphrodite'

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Reading Sappho’s poetry gives you a better understanding of the past, present, and future. When Sappho expressed herself through her wonderful poetry, she spoke on behalf of many women of her time. Interestingly, she lived through verbal expression and spoke about it so refined in her own poetic style. She knew what women in antiquity wanted and expressed it so well in her writing style.
For example, in “Hymn to Aphrodite”, you can sense that Sappho is trying to talk about real human experiences. She also provided fragments of survival in this poem, which allows the reader to escape from reality. “Hymn to Aphrodite”, begins when Aphrodite, the daughter of Zeus is called. In this poem, Aphrodite uses her skills to lure her lover.
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She talks about a dangerous and poisonous love. My first thought when reading this poem, was “is this lady crazy love obsessed”. But the love displayed in this poem goes way deeper as she describes by saying, “My life is bitter with thy love; thine eyes, Blind me, thy tresses burn me, thy sharp sighs, Divide my flesh and spirit with a soft sound, And my blood strengthens, and my veins abound” (Consuming love). It is clearly evident, Sappho illustrates the deepest absolute love. Furthermore, she implies “the experience of love equates to that of dying. (Consuming love). Additionally, she adds spunk and pizzazz and tells you that love is harsh and that it can cause severe heartache. Along with her expressions of love and death, she is yearning to encompass the death by saying "I would my love could kill thee"(Consuming Love).
In the same way, Sappho finishes by indicating love is forever. Through this poem, she wins over how deep her love is by turning this scary crazy love, into something that is going to last for a very long time. Additionally, the Sapphic poetry displayed in this poem creates a powerful emotion which simply intensifies as you read the poem. The poem starts out beautifully slowly, and then erupts to deep love affection.
Lastly, it has been said that Sappho wrote the “Brothers Poem”, however, this is still being debated. The poem follows Sappho’s brothers, Charaxos, and Larichos. In the poem

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