This Supplement Edition: Sappho, The Poems (ISBN 0-978-942208-40-5) is meant to coordinate with the classbook Sappho: The Poems (see below) to the book . The teacher's book has a number of short critical comments, organized around questions, such as "What was Sappho's school like?" or "What role did Greek women play socially?" or "Did Sappho leap for love?" with critical comments and answers drawn from several hundred years of criticism on specific poems. Don't be surprised if an answer appears to contradict another. Sappho was a divisive figure, praised as the Tenth Muse by Plato, but cursed as a daughter of Satan in the Byzantine years. We have none of the books she wrote, just fragments quoted in works of others. Was she a Lesbian? Well, she lived on the island of Lesbos, she ran a girls school, wrote music, drama, poetry, had a husband and a daughter, described passion, jealousy, indignation, celebration in remarkably nuanced ways that the odists and epic writers had never seen before.
The classbook has drawings by Jean Morgan, poems and fragments. Sappho is the reason we have lyric poetry, and that genre has proven durable.
Sappho: The Poems (Bandanna Books, ISBN 0-978-942208-11-5). To order the class textbook, your bookstore should FAX an order to Bandanna Books 805-899-2145. Orders of 5 or more copies earns the college discount.