Sappho was a girl born to a family of aristocrats on the island of Lesbos.
When she grew up, Sappho became a talented lyrical poet who developed her own meter of poetry that is today known as the Sapphic meter.
Most of the poetry that she wrote was written during the 42nd Olympiad period and her words were always set to some sort of music. This was odd during her days since poetry was not often written down or recorded in other ways. Poetry of her time was simply recited and memorized.
Sappho is said to receive partial credit for turning the theme of the time away from the gods and focusing on the individual human experience.
Sappho was considered a unique individual for her time and continued to write poetry and expressing herself with words despite what anyone thought.
Perhaps it was her background and the tragedy she dealt with in life that made her such a great writer. Sappho lost her father at a young age and was the only woman in her household besides her mother (she had only three siblings all of which were male. )