We simply don't know. In one fragment, we learn that Sappho had a daughter Cleis 82 "like a golden flower", she longs for her lost virginity in several others e. Her poetry was collected three hundred years after her death at Alexandria in nine books. Like a golden flower. A cold sweat covers me. The reputation of Sappho in the twentieth century based on her supposed exclusive preference for women is a self-perpetuating myth which has completely obscured the real value of her work: And they passed by the streams of Okeanos and the White Rock.
She desires to be with her friend even though Gongyla is away.
Poetry of Sappho
Because of this direct expression of adoration, modern interpreters of Sappho's poetry believe that she was a lesbian. These are such short fragments, however, it is hard to infer anything. As a wind in the mountains. The comparison of a young woman to a sweetapple is an interesting and highly conscious connection for Sappho to make. You do well here, Alanna, to marry a personal response with an analytical edge.