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Rich-throned immortal Aphrodite
By: Sappho
Rich-throned immortal Aphrodite,
Scheming daughter of Zeus, I pray you,
“With pain and sickness, Queen, crush not my heart”
In the poem, Rich-Throned Immortal Aphrodite the writer/ poet try to create a feeling of immortality in the first line of the poem. However, the main sentence that portrays the distinct difference is on the third line of the first stanza, the writer contradicts or disapproves the theme of the poem that talks about immortality through the sentence that reads “With pain and sickness, Queen, crush not my heart,” This is a metaphoric expression that is used to stress on the fact that the queen does not act in a way that the patient (King) expect. It is unbelievable that despite the pain that a patient is undergoing, a Queen is perceived to be crushing the patient`s heart (West 13).
However, with an assumption that the patient is a King, the Queen is not expected to behave in a way to hurt the King. As an individual, I compare the sentence in the poem to a situation that I experienced three years ago, my spouse behaved in a manner that never pleased me since I was involved in an accident at work. The effects of the accident warranted admission at the nearby referral hospital without the consent of the spouse (West 10). However, on gaining consciousness, I immediately instructed the good Samaritan who took me to the hospital to assist me with a mobile phone so that I could alert my partner. To my dismay, the quarreled me for not coming back home early and instead making phone calls as an excuse for not coming home in time as usual (West 09). The partner`s reactions worsened my condition till I was denied a chance to use a mobile phone until the day I would be discharged from the hospital bed.
Hence it is adept to reiterate that the poet is showcasing the possible scenarios that we often face during our daily chores and obligatory duties within the global scope (West 52).
Works Cited
West, M. L. Greek Lyric Poetry: The Poems and Fragments of the Greek Iambic, Elegiac, and Melic Poets (Excluding Pindar and Bacchylides) Down to 450 Bc. New York- USA: Oxford University , 1999.Print.