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Deathless Aphrodite Of The Mind Analysis Essay

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Upon first reading “Deathless Aphrodite of the Spangled Mind” several points and techniques stand out in the poem. Presumably about a man pleading to Aphrodite to once again lead a woman to love him. I think it is this way because of the way he describes calling to Aphrodite and how he says she responds. The first is the contradiction of the words deathless and spangled, meaning opposite description of the same person. The word deathless is used twice in the poem, however, she is constantly being described as this beautiful and flowing woman. The flow of the poem is also very interesting as it inserts the phrase “now again” into parentheses every time it appears. In a non-rhyming fashion of classist poetry, this parenthetical usage is interesting.…show more content…
We can see this in lines such as “I beg of you do not break with hard pains, O lady, my heart.” In fact, it was so emotional that it became a new standard for ancient students to learn. Plato mentions it saying: she was “one among the muses, the tenth muse”. In another instance Solos, an Athenian ruler stated “I shall learn it so that I may die”(). Taking this and applying to how important emotion and story was to the ancient Greeks we can see why this type of writing impacted the society around her. Also, another essential factor in analyzing this poem is that Sappho wrote in lyrics, and her poems were supposed to be accompanied by music. She composed her own music and refined her lyrics so much that it inspired a new lyric meter called Shappic meter(). The last thing she did that was very sensational at the time was not just referring to the gods but taking their point of view. In ancient Greece gods and mortals together were used in myths. Gods were in an upper scale and only talked down to mortals, but in Sappho's poetry they having conversations between each other. In this poem, Aphrodite comes down and appeals to Sappho asking “O, Sappho who is wronging you?” This was a new concept and was continued to be used even after most of Sappho's poetry was
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