become overcome with passion and seduction can also relate to this poem and the feeling they experience regardless of their genders The second poem is written to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, fertility and beauty, asking for her help. The poem is seven stanzas in length and has a feminine rhyme, two syllables. The poem starts with ‘thorned in splendour’ which is an oxymoron as thorned implies pain while splendour is happiness or magnificence. She may be alluding to the fact that her love and happiness has brought her pain, which is why she is calling onto the goddess of love for her help.
ENG3U Grade 11, University Unit 1 Isbah Javaid In the next stanza she states, “come to me now, if ever in the olden days you did hear me from afar, and from the golden halls of your father fly with all speeding unto my pleading” this imagery is Sappho reminding Aphrodite that in the past whenever Sappho would call onto her she would come from her father’s place to her beckon call. The next stanza has a rhyme to the ear and the eye as well as an internal rhyme. The words “region, legion, pinion and dominion” rhyme to the eye and ear and the verse “swan-drawn” is an internal rhyme. Sappho goes on to remind Aphrodite that you would come from your palace and your kingdom down to my broken heart and ask me why am I calling for the goddess of love. Aphrodite asks Sappho why are you in extreme pain, who is it that you are yearning? It is known evident in the poem that Sappho is writing this poem on her behalf as she is the one that needs help from the goddess. After reading the previous poem and her expression of love for a women, I feel Sappho is torn between a man and a women. Aphrodite is reminding her that you do not have love in your heart for that man and you should rather be with the women regardless of the shaming. In the last stanza, Sappho asks for the gift of love and that Aphrodite is her defender. Sappho wants the goddess to fight for her, which relates to the previous poem in that maybe she is afraid of the reaction one she expresses her love to another women, which is why she is asking Aphrodite to intervene. Key Question #2b 1. Stanza One: the story of Aeneas is one where he is forced out of the Trojan shore because of war and the hate from Juno. His fate was to reach Latium in Italy where he found the race and will one day build Rome.
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