One Girl

By Sappho Sappho

Translated By Dante Gabriel Rossetti

   
                                I
Like the sweet apple which reddens upon the topmost bough,
Atop on the topmost twig, — which the pluckers forgot, somehow, —
Forget it not, nay; but got it not, for none could get it till now.

                               II
Like the wild hyacinth flower which on the hills is found,
Which the passing feet of the shepherds for ever tear and wound,
Until the purple blossom is trodden in the ground.

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Poet Sappho

POET’S REGION Greece

Subjects Love, Romantic Love, Realistic & Complicated

Biography

Little is known with certainty about the life of Sappho, or Psappha in her native Aeolic dialect. She was born probably about 620 B.C. to an aristocratic family on the island of Lesbos during a great cultural flowering in the area. Apparently her birthplace was either Eressos or Mytilene, the main city on the island, where she seems to have lived for some time. Even the names of her family members are inconsistently reported, . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Romantic Love, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION Greece

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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