Friday, June 07, 2024

You Burn Me

The contemporary reputation of the Greek poet Sappho rests largely on a collection of fragments. ‘Ode to Aphrodite’ is the only one of her works that is known to be complete, having been copied and preserved in a treatise on composition, and from the rest of her reputedly expansive oeuvre we only have around 650 context-free snippets, some of which consist of just a single line. One of these lines, known as Fragment 38, simply reads, “You burn me.”

Read the rest of my review in Sight & Sound: