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For this session we took a close look at an image from “Guillermo del Toro, Pinocchio (2022)” and read a poem published in Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics (Chatto and Windus, 1907), posted below.
Our prompt was: Write beginning with the words “ Dear Sappho.”
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In a dream I spoke with the Cyprus-born,
And said to her,
"Mother of beauty, mother of joy,
Why hast thou given to men
"This thing called love, like the ache of a wound
In beauty's side,
To burn and throb and be quelled for an hour
And never wholly depart?"
And the daughter of Cyprus said to me,
"Child of the earth,
Behold, all things are born and attain,
But only as they desire,—
"The sun that is strong, the gods that are wise,
The loving heart,
Deeds and knowledge and beauty and joy,—
But before all else was desire.
This poem was published in Sappho: One Hundred Lyrics (Chatto and Windus, 1907), translated by Bliss Carman.