Greek Lyrics Richmond Lattimore

ISBN: 9780226469430



Greek Lyrics  by  Richmond Lattimore

Greek Lyrics by Richmond Lattimore
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I only read selections out of this book. I read the poems of Solon, Sappho, and Pindar. The selections hail from different areas of the ancient Greek world, from different genders, one female poet and two male poets, with different meters and styles. I liked Sappho the best.One of her fragments states,Like the sweet apple turning red on the branch top, on thetop of the topmost branch, and the gatherers did not notice it,rather, they did notice, but could not reach up to take it.I dont know what the metaphor is!

A beautiful, young woman with unfulfilled hopes? Unfulfilled dreams of the gatherers? But it reminded me of Robert Frosts poem After Apple Picking.My long two-pointed ladders sticking through a treeToward heaven still,And theres a barrel that I didnt fillBeside it, and there may be two or threeApples I didnt pick upon some bough.But I am done with apple-picking now.Robert Frosts poem has the same item--an apple or two left at the top of a tree, unpicked. This may be a metaphor for death, and the apples may be unfulfilled dreams.What a great reminder to think about in this season of apple-picking when the crisp fall air seeps in through the windows each evening.

It reminds us to live life to the fullest and pick those apples off the top branches. Reach for them.

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