Sapphic ode


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Sapphic ode

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(Poetry) another term for Horatian ode
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Noun1.Sapphic ode - an ode with several stanzas
ode - a lyric poem with complex stanza forms
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And, in line with the heterogeneous character of the works, the circumstances of their composition also vary: Some were occasional works that survive only in manuscript versions (e.g., a Sapphic ode written on the occasion of a visit of Napoleon to a secondary school in Cologne, 202ff.), some were incorporated in letters, others were printed in poetry collections, and some examples were printed in contemporary newspapers, etc.
For it Bource wrote a solo piano piece (Comme une Rosee de Larmes), inspired, he says, by Brahms' song The Sapphic Ode. I also hear echoes of Satie in it.
Allen has recently argued, another of Sappho's fragments--"Sweet mother, I cannot weave my web, broken as I am by longing for a boy, at soft Aphrodite's will"--influenced Tennyson's conception of "The Lady of Shalott," in which a female artist, like Sappho's speaker, is overcome by the onset of Love.(6) Finally, in the 1832 Poems, Tennyson includes two adaptations of the famous Sapphic ode "faivetai moi kivoc, isoc, theoisiv / emmev ovir |Peer of the gods he seems to me~": an extensive translation-adaptation in "Eleanore" (122-44) and a partial borrowing in "Fatima" (15-19).