In Sappho We Trust Enamel Pin
I finally got round to honouring Sappho with an enamel pin. She was a poet who lived at around 630 - 570 BC and is widely regarded as one of the greatest lyric poets.
Little is known about her personal life except that she was from the island of Lesbos, had three brothers, and was a prolific writer of poetry. It’s estimated that she wrote some 10,000 lines although 650 is all that remains, mostly in fragments. There is just one poem that survived in its entirety - Ode To Aphrodite.
There have been a number of attempts by early translators to change the narratives of her work to make them seem heterosexual, but it’s clear to the majority of scholars, historians, and anthropologists and just about everyone else that she was a lesbian.
Sappho’s work is vulnerable, tender, and beautiful. She speaks earnestly and openly, declaring her love for women in the poems she wrote. The modern word “lesbian” is an allusion to Sappho, originating from the name of the island of Lesbos, where she was born.
She speaks of her loves and says “someone will remember us, I say, even in another time” and she was right - her work is read the world over and the sapphic people of today remember her and honour her by living their lives as freely and as openly as she never truly got to do.
This enamel pin is 34mm in diameter and comes to you on a themed backing card. It makes a perfect gift, especially if the person you’re gifting is yourself.