Sappho

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Sappho the Greek lyric poet of Lesbos; much admired although only fragments of her poetry have been preserved (6th century BC)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sappho (Zoöl) Any one of several species of brilliant South American humming birds of the genus Sappho, having very bright-colored and deeply forked tails; -- called also firetail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Sappho A humming-bird with a long forked tail, Sappho sparganura.
    • n Sappho [capitalized] A genus of such Trochilidæ; the comets. See comet, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sappho a humming-bird
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Sapphic

Usage

In literature:

It represented a recumbent Sappho playing on a nine-stringed lyre.
"Manasseh" by Maurus Jokai
Jason's sad letter doth Hypsipyle greet; Sappho her vowed harp lays at Phoebus' feet.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
Poor sea of the Lion-heart and of the Sappho of the songs!
"The Wind Bloweth" by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
Sappho, circa 600 B.C.
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
That is Sappho, is it not?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
You remember that girl who wrote, 'Love's Extremities,' a work as passionate as Sappho.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
I've thought it all out and decided that I shall be the American Sappho.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
The cliff of Leucas knew no distinction of sex, and Sappho can be set against Anaxarete.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1" by George Saintsbury
Perhaps not since Sappho has there been such a person.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
I only stopped to get a glimpse of you, my Sappho!
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Priscilla is a modern Sappho.
"Theo" by Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
C. 51, and possibly some parts of c. 61, are from Sappho.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
It's a queer looking book, six or seven inches thick, not all by Sappho.
"Monday or Tuesday" by Virginia Woolf
And has my little Margy-wargles forgotten what Sappho said of an old maid?
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Goldmark's overture to "Sappho" given in Cincinnati, O., under Theodore Thomas.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
Of all the women of history, Mrs. Browning is the only one that we could name in any possible or remote conjunction with Sappho.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde
The Isle of Yap, the Isle of Yap, Where burning Sappho never sung!
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
Corinna and Sappho must have been women of transcendant genius so to move Greece.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
Laura wept, and Sappho raved in vain.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
Ourn was Belshazzar an' Sappho.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
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In poetry:

Shall she who bore the son of God,
And made the rose of Sappho's song,
She who saved France, and beat the drum
Of freedom, brook this vulgar wrong?
"A Ballad of Woman" by Richard Le Gallienne
Tearless at first I pondered,
Weighing the terror of Death;
Till I bethought me of thee, my Sappho,
And of my comrades all,
And of the muses' lore,
When straightway the tears ran fast.
"Erinna To Sappho" by Eduard Morike
Not the deep sigh, which madden'd Sappho gave,
When from Leucate's craggy height she sprung,
Could equal that which gave her to the grave,
The last sad sound that echoed from her tongue.
"Henry and Eliza" by Thomas Gent
"This my gold shell I bring as gift to thee;
And thou shalt see full soon its precious use,
When Sappho's voice awakes the lyric muse,
And with his seven-stringed lute Terpander charms the sea."
"The Orphic Legacy" by Maurice Thompson
What frenzy in my bosom raged,
And by what cure to be assuaged?
What gentle youth I would allure,
Whom in my artful toils secure?
Who does thy tender heart subdue,
Tell me, my Sappho, tell me who?
"A Hymn To Venus" by Sappho
The isles of Greece, the Isles of Greece!
Where burning Sappho loved and sung,
Where grew the arts of war and peace,
Where Delos rose, and Phoebus sprung!
Eternal summer gilds them yet,
But all, except their sun, is set.
"Don Juan: Canto The Third" by Lord George Gordon Byron

In news:

The gouging lyrics of the Greek poet Sappho, for instance, were rescued from strips of papyri.
Jill Johnston (1929-2010): 'Sappho is rising'.
To have just one more complete poem by Sappho (bringing the grand total to two).
Sappho's Catty Shack pathos .
Sappho's Leap, by Erica Jong.
As she trips about the Mediterranean, tricky-fingers Sappho-that peerless crooner-leaves behind a trail of damp deltas that would give Anaïs Nin pause.
Satchmo SummerFest, Whitney White Linen Night, Hearing Sappho in New Orleans and Fiddler on the Roof.
Hearing Sappho in New Orleans: The Call of Poetry from Congo Square to the Ninth Ward.
Sappho 's Catty Shack pathos.
Satchmo SummerFest, Whitney White Linen Night, Hearing Sappho in New Orleans and Fiddler on the Roof.
The masterminds behind fall 2009 high fashion campaigns have Sappho on the brain.
Local poet Julie Shavin explains that the Greeks had nine Muses, immortal beings of inspiration — later adding real-life poet Sappho to the rolls to honor her place in poetry and Greek society, making 10.
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