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Sappho and the Love Poem [Judith Roche]

It is said there were no love poems between Sappho in sixth century BC and the troubadours in the High Middle Ages, a span of almost 1,500 years. While that may be an exaggeration, the tradition of passionate love poems was strangely absent from Western literature during that time span. We will read Sappho and talk about her time and place in literature. We’ll also dip into the troubadours and their tradition, and finish with some contemporary love poems and writing exercises.