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The Moon by Sappho


"The Moon" is a poem written by Sappho. This is a short poem written about the wonderful brightness of the night sky. She uses personification of the moon as a woman to tell us that "her silver face", when bright, "lights all space". It makes the stars "Fade back and vanish very soon" when it goes into the Full Moon phase.

This poem is made up of only one stanza with four lines and is rhymed in couplets.


The Moon

The stars about the lovely moon
Fade back and vanish very soon,
When, round and full, her silver face
Swims into sight, and lights all space.

Translated by Edwin Arnold, 1893

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7th Century B.C.

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