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(Username) 1 Student’s Name Instructor Course Date Comparison between Sappho’s work to later Western Poetry Sappho’s poem has had a great influence on western love literature and medical lore. Her style of wringing has been adopted by some writers who also wanted to influence society. Sappho is a great Greek lyrics poet who is admired by many people because of the beauty in her writing style. She is highly ranked because of her ability and sense of impressing the readers with the lively sense of her personality (Toohey and Peter 5). The language she uses in her poem contains some Aeolic vernacular speech and poetic tradition. She uses direct and precise phrases while creating a picture of what she is talking about in the mind of the readers. Therefore, from the poem, it can be said that Sappho's can judge critically her ecstasies and grief while her emotions remain evident. In a nutshell, Sappho gives a vivid description of love as an affliction with the attendant symptoms of bad fever. Among the key symptoms which she gives of love, sickness includes drumming ears, cold sweat and shaking. The lines in the poem successively allude to the physical response of people after falling in love. This work is considered to have had great influence in western love literature and medical lore for some reasons. First, this poem was among the first Greek literature to address the question of sexuality concerning homosexuality (Toohey 266). Sappho in a combative way addresses the issue of lesbianism, and according to the words she uses in the poem, she appears as if she is in an acceptable lesbian relationship. Therefore, her poems have been instrumental in shaping the debate on love and the issue of sexual orientation.
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(Username) 2 She shows in her poem that love is like a sickness and people can love each other irrespective of their sexes. On the other hand, her poem has been influential in the medical lore because when she alludes to the physical reaction of falling in love, this argument has been taken by the medical practitioners. Those working in the observation and diagnosis take Sappho's description to suggest that love can cause a spike in the pulse rate. Elements of the Poem Sappho’s poem “ He’s equal with the Gods, that man…” has several elements which make it popular. First, the poem has clarity of thoughts and the simplicity of the language used. Through the poem, one can easily understand what she is trying to communicate as the thoughts are clear and organized and communicated in a simple language. For instance, in what makes her look like a lesbian she addresses the issue of love to women in an as concise manner. She uses clear language to describe general love and beauty in women. The description of the symptoms of love as captured in the poem as precise and easy to understand. The other element which I believe makers Sappho's poem popular is because it helps to form a clear image of the people and things in society. One can understand the words used in the poem easily by trying to form a
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