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Half-Poems

I have been a terrible blogger.

Honestly, I hardly ever post anymore. BUT! I want to change that.

Today I'm taking about Sappho. She was an ancient poetess. There's a lot of stuff about Sappho I'm not getting into. I'm not talking about the different possibilities of her life, different bad stuff she may or may not have done. I just want to talk about reading a book of poems with half the words missing.

The thing about Sappho is that we have very little of her work. There have been papyruses discovered, quotations used, and that's pretty much it. Here's one of her poems:

"[                                                 ]
[              ] that labor [                 ]
[              ] a face to remember in wonder [
[                           ]

[                  ] to sing [                     ]
[                       ] a storm wind [              ]
[                         ] and no pain [                 ]

[                         ] I urge [        …