29 April 2009

Sappho Quote

I don't know who the translator is, but this quote appears as the epigram to Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's experimental novel Dictee:

May I write words more naked than flesh,
stronger than bone, more resilient than
sinew, sensitive than nerve

I remember always really loving (the more daring) translations of Sappho's poetry as a teenager. And I suspect the reason why is being a teenager is a raw experience: teenagers actually feel naked, strong, resilient, and sensitive.

Adults writing teen fiction aught to remember this and perhaps use Sappho's invocation.


At 2:45 PM, Blogger Gabi said...

Great quote!


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