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Darryl Williams Dr. Kathi Griffin ENG 205-09 30 August 2010 Critical Analysis of “To an Army Wife, in Sardis” Sappho's poem, “To an Army Wife, in Sardis,” sounds exactly like the thing one would think of when they read the title. When anyone hears or reads “to so and so...” they think of someone writing a letter and this is what “To an Army Wife, in Sardis” is. Sappho is writing a letter to her friend, Anactoria. Sappho is trying to convey to Anactoria that there are things that are more important than war to care about. Seeing how Sappho is making such an effort to persuade her friend to favor things or events other than war, leads the reader to believe that society as a whole feels the same way about war as Anactoria does. Sappho illustrates this by saying “Some say a cavalry corps, some infantry, some, again will maintain that the swift oars of our fleet are the finest sight on dark earth.” Sappho's people
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Unformatted text preview: obviously are quite proud of their military force, and have no difficulty conveying it. On the other hand, Sappho seems to value loved ones much more than cavalries, infantries, and navies. She also explains to Anactoria that she is one of these loved ones. In fact, it almost seems as if Sappho loves Anactoria in a romantic way instead of in the platonic sense of the word. If this is the case then that makes Sappho not just a Lesbian because of her nationality, but also a lesbian because of her homosexuality. This poem may embody Sappho's way of coming to terms with her sexual preference and being able to “come out the closet” to a friend that she is attracted to. This is why she describes Anactoria with, “dear sound of your footstep and light glancing in your eyes” The way she describes Anactoria proves how much she misses and is attracted to her....
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