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By John Ashbery

Witty but heartbreaking, conversational but richly lyrical, John Ashbery's 16th poetry assortment showcases a mastery uniquely his own.

And the celebrities have been Shining initially seemed in 1994, towards the midpoint of a startlingly inventive interval in Ashbery's lengthy occupation, within which the nice American poet released no fewer than 9 books in ten years. the gathering brings jointly greater than fifty compact, jewellike, intensely felt poems, together with the well known "Like a Sentence" ("How little we all know, / and after we comprehend it!") and the lyrical, deeply relocating thirteen-part name poem well-known as one of many author's maximum. This assortment is Ashbery at his so much available, swish, and elegiac.

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He slightly tempers his view of Sappho as a practicing homosexual by contrasting her “sating of the senses” with the cruder voluptuousness of Persian or Arabic art. ” In mid­ and late­nineteenth­century France, official moral­ ity and hypocrisy reigned with respect to Sappho’s lesbianism. ” In large part because of his inclusion of six poems concerning Sappho and les femmes damnées, the author and his publisher Auguste Poulet­Malassis were dragged to court, convicted, and heavily fined. The six “lesbian” poems were banned from the book, and Poulet­Malassis was sent to prison.

I have been tinkering with classical Greek for many decades along with Koine Greek and biblical Hebrew. When I under­ took the translation of the New Testament, a book from Asia Minor, I chose to restore, as far as one can know, the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek names so that a reader might ob­ serve that most of the figures in the scriptures, including gods and demons, are Semitic, not European. So it is Yeshua the Mashiah, not Jesus the Christ. One may recognize that Saint James is not from London or China but a Jew from Jerusalem, and that it would be best to call him Yakobos as in biblical Greek, or better, Yaakov, reflecting his name in Aramaic and Hebrew.

I have spent some time reviewing the history of Sappho’s usually violent encounter with the world, not because one must necessarily know something or anything about an author to appreciate the work, but because in Sappho’s case the world has known—or assumed—too much, and this knowledge in­ terferes with any fair appraisal of her poems. The question has been whether Sappho was indeed a lesbian in the sexual—and not just the geographical—sense of the word. First, it should be stated that whatever Sappho was in her life has very little to do with the content of her poetry; whether she was indeed bisexual or merely ascetic like her contempo­ raries Jeremiah and Gautama Siddhartha will not change the meaning of her poems.

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