Sappho was an archaic Greek poet from the island of Lesbos. She is known for her lyric poetry, much of which alludes to her sexuality. Little is known about her life, but she was a prolific poet, writing around 10,000 lines of verse during her lifetime. Read more of Sappho’s Biography.

Hymn to Aphrodite

by Sappho

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 objectively the most famous poem by Sappho, as it is her only complete poem left. It is also an excellent example of the themes that Sappho often wrote about, including gender, love, heartbreak, and the gods. 'Hymn to Aphrodite' is also one of the earliest known examples of lyric poetry left to us.

Beautiful-throned, immortal Aphrodite,

Daughter of Zeus, beguiler, I implore thee,

Weigh me not down with weariness and anguish

O thou most holy!

Explore more poems from Sappho

He Is More Than A Hero

by Sappho

‘He is more than a hero’ by Sappho describes a speaker’s turbulent emotions in regards to a woman she loves but she cannot have.

One Girl

by Sappho

‘One Girl’ by Sappho is a beautiful and moving poem. In the two short stanzas, readers can explore imagery Sappho relates to marriage and the loss of freedom for a young woman. 

The Anactoria Poem

by Sappho

‘The Anactoria Poem’ is a widely read love poem in which Sappho uses the story of Helen of Troy to speak on the nature of beauty. 

To an army wife, in Sardis

by Sappho

‘To an army wife, in Sardis’ by Sappho describes the power that the thing one loves has over the forward momentum of one’s life and the world at large. 


by Sappho

‘XII’ by Sappho explores the purpose of love and the pain that it can cause when a speaker dreams about, and speaks to, Aphrodite. 

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