The Songs of Bilitis

The Songs of Bilitis

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The Songs of Bilitis By Pierre Louÿs

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Pages (PDF): 168

Publication Date: 1926

Illustrations: No

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Pages (PDF): 168

Publication Date: 1894. This translation by Alvah C. Bessie, 1926

Illustrations: No

About The Book: First published in Paris in 1894, this purports to be translations of poems by a woman named Bilitis, a contemporary and acquaintance of Sappho. However, Bilitis never existed. The poems were a clever forgery by Pierre Louÿs–the “translator”; to lend weight, he had even included a bibliography with bogus supporting works and fabricated an entire section of his book called “The Life of Bilitis”. Louÿs actually did have a good command of the classics, and he salted Bilitis with a number of quotations from real poets, including Sappho, to make it even more convincing. When the fraud was exposed, it did little, however, to taint their literary value in readers’ eyes, and Louÿs’ open and sympathetic celebration of lesbian sexuality earned him sensation and historic significance.

Chapter List

Note

The Life Of Bilitis

I. BUCOLICS IN PAMPHYLIA

The Tree

Pastoral Song

Maternal Counsel

Bare Feet

The Old Man And The Nymphs

Song

Pedestrian

Awakening

Rain

Flowers

Impatience

Comparisons

The Stream In The Wood

Phitta Meliai

The Symbolic Ring

Moonlight Dances

Little Children

Stories

Her Friend, Married

Confidences

The Moon With Blue Eyes

Song

Lykas

Offering To The Goddess

The Accommodating Friend

Prayer To Persephone

Game Of Dice

The Distaff

The Flute

Tresses

The Goblet

Roses In The Night

Regrets

Interrupted Sleep

To The Washerwomen

Song

Bilitis

The Cottage

The Lost Letter

Song

The Vow

Night

Cradle Song

The Tomb Of The Naïads

II. ELEGIES AT MYTILENE

To The Ship

Psappha

The Dance Of Glottis And Kyse

Counsels

Incertitude

Meeting

The Little Clay Astarte

Desire

The Wedding

The Living Past

Metamorphosis

The Nameless Tomb

Mnasidika’s Three Beauties

The Grotto Of The Nymphs

Mnasidika’s Breasts

The Doll

Tenderness

Games

Shadowlight

The Sleeper

The Kiss

Jealous Cares

The Mad Embrace

The Heart

Night Words

Absence

Love

Purification

Mnasidika’s Lullaby

Sea-Side Promenade

The Object

Evening By The Fire

Prayers

Eyes

Cosmetics

Mnasidika’s Silence

Scene

Waiting

Solitude

Letter

Attempt

Effort

To Gyrinno

Last Attempt

Rending Memory

The Wax Doll

Funeral Chant

III. EPIGRAMS IN THE ISLE OF CYPRUS

Hymn To Astarte

Hymn To The Night

The Maenads

The Sea Of Kypris

The Priestesses Of Astarte

The Mysteries

Egyptian Courtesans

I Sing My Flesh And My Life

Perfumes

Conversation

The Torn Dress

Jewels

The Impartial One

Clear Water Of The Basin

Desire

The Inn

Domesticity

The Bath

To Her Breasts

Mydzouris

The Triumph Of Bilitis

To The Wooden God

Dancer With Castanets

The Flute Player

The Warm Girdle

To A Happy Husband

To One Who Has Strayed

Intimacies

The Command

The Masque Of Pasiphaë

The Juggleress

The Flower Dance

Violence

Song

Advice To A Lover

Friends For Dinner

The Tomb Of A Young Courtesan

The Little Flower-Vendor

Dispute

Melancholy

Little Phanion

Information

The Vendor Of Women

Stranger

Memory Of Mnasidika

Young Mother

The Unknown

Trickery

The Last Lover

The Dove

Morning Rain

True Death

THE TOMB OF BILITIS

First Epitaph

Second Epitaph

Last Epitaph

Bibliography


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