onsdag den 21. maj 2008

Riddle (attributed to Sappho)

What creature is it (Sappho asks) that is female in nature and hides in its womb unborn children who, although they are voiceless, speak to people far away?

The female creature is a letter (epistle). The unborn children are the letters (of the alphabet) it carries. And the letters, although they have no voices, speak to people far away, whomever they wish. But if some other person happens to be standing right beside the one who is reading, he will not hear.

Antipanes fr. 196 (fundet i Anne Carson: Eros the bittersweet)

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