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Lesbian Poetry

Much of the lesbian poetry I put on my page uses references to Greek and Roman gods. Zeus (the Romans called him Jupiter) is the god of the skies and king of the gods. Aphrodite (Venus) is the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Apollo is the god of the sun and music [his twin sister is Artemis (Diana), who is my favorite goddess]. Hermes (Mercury) is the messenger god. Helen of Troy was the daughter of Zeus and Leda. She was considered the most beautiful woman, even more beautiful than Aphrodite, which really pissed Aphrodite off. Clytie was totally in love with Apollo and was later turned into a flower, the heliotrope. Charon is the boatman who took the dead across the River Styx. The Pleides were the seven daughters of Atlas who were pursued by Orion and turned into a constellation. Eros (Cupid) is the god of love and the son of the beautiful Aphrodite.

Click on the poet below to read a little about her and some of her poetry.

Sappho (600 BC)
Katherine Fowler (1631-1664)
Aphra Behn (1640?-1689)
Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1698)
Anna Seward (1747-1809)
Wu Tsao (1800)
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Katherine Bradley (1848-1915) and Edith Cooper (1862-1913)
Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929)
Charlotte Mew (1869-1929)
Amy Lowell (1874-1925)
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)
Renée Vivien (1877-1909)
Angelina Weld Grimké (1880)
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
Elsa Gidlow (1898-1986)

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