The ‘Hymn to Aphrodite’ by Sappho is an ancient lyric in which Sappho begs for Aphrodite’s help in managing her turbulent love life.
'Hymn to Aphrodite' is one of the earliest known hymns from Europe. Specifically, it is a kleitic hymn, in which the poet uses the song as a direct prayer. While this poem does read like a prayer, it is also dramatic, with plenty of action, perspective shifts, and even a flashback. As an early hymn, it is still highly complex and fascinating.
‘I cautious, scanned my little life’ by Emily Dickinson is a clever, metaphorical poem that addresses change and one’s legacy. The poet struggles to understand her changed attitude towards her literary accomplishments after a period of time has elapsed.
‘Jerusalem’ is a famous, prophetic, melancholic, and classic poem, penned by maestro William Blake in 1804. It may seem like a patriotic poem, yet it’s misleading, adding to the irony is the fact that it’s an unofficial national anthem of England.