Sappho was a poet from the island of Lesbos who lived between 630 and 612 BCE. She wrote many love poems addressed to women and girls. The love in these poems is sometimes requited, sometimes not.
Orlai Petrics Soma’s Sappho
Sappho is thought to have written close to 12,000 lines of poetry on her love for other women. Of these poems, only about 600 lines have survived. As a result of her fame in antiquity, she and her native island have become emblematic of love between women.
The term Sapphic love, therefore, has become synonymous with lesbian love.
On a related note, the great philosopher Plato mentions lesbianism in his Symposium; he discusses women who “do not care for men, but have female attachments.”
An aphorism is a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation. For a saying to be called an aphorism, it has to be memorable and spoken or written in a laconic sense.
“I have forgotten my umbrella.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of ‘eternity’; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book, or what everyone else does not say in a book.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
In music, modulation can be summarised in two sentences: when music switches from one related set of tones to another, the music has modulated. This is usually accompanied by a change in key signature.
In the arts, a leitmotif is a recurring theme associated with a particular character, place, thing or idea in an opera.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
If you notice a subject coming up again and again in a book you’re reading, if you hear a melodic tune repeated every now and then, or if you see a certain pattern in a work of art, this is called a leitmotif – a theme that recurs.
The noun leitmotif is most used when talking about music, and it usually comes up in the context of classical music, whenever a particular phrase or tune is repeated. The word comes from the German Leitmotiv, which literally means “lead motif,” or “guiding motif.”
Though leitmotif makes music experts think of Wagner’s operas when they hear it, it’s been around at least since Mozart’s time.