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Hail, Gentle Evening


Hail, gentle Evening, that bringst back
All things that bright morning hath beguiled.
Thou bringst the lamb, thou bringst the kid,
And to its mother, her drowsy child.


This poem is in the public domain.


One of the few early female poets we know about, Sappho was born on a Greek island sometime between 630 and 612 BC. She came from an aristocratic family and married a wealthy merchant, so enjoyed the freedom to study and explore the arts at will. Although there was one period of time when political oppression caused her to flee her home, Sappho's life was one of comfort and happiness. Her poems describe festivals, parades, celebrations, love, and the joy of friends; they were typically sung, or accompanied by music (usually played on a lyre). She was famous enough during her lifetime to see monuments erected in her honor, and her influence on poetry is undeniable. It is also possible that Sappho invented the pick—in which case, her impact on the world of music is equally significant!


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How terse and beautiful, no loss of words, full of sensitivity.
Posted 08/26/2012 10:06 PM
Larry Schug:
That's the definition of good poetry--saying a lot with a little.
Posted 08/26/2012 07:36 PM
So much lost of her poems - one of the most intriguing poets. Thanks
Posted 08/26/2012 04:33 PM
Brevity is the soul of many things,including this poem. Thanks, Jayne. Nice to think of it as coming from so long ago.
Posted 08/26/2012 09:29 AM

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