indeed he might have been describing the author of Eros, the Bittersweet. Car- Carson traces the paradoxical nature of Eros from Sappho’s famous definition. Deadpan Sexy: Anne Carson’s “Eros the Bittersweet”. Austin Allen. 10 February, Anne Carson writes books that refuse to be just one thing. Autobiography. Eros the Bittersweet An Essay Anne Carson. Editions. Paperback. ISBN. pp. 6 x 9. Hardcover.

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The fact that eros operates by means of an analogous act of imagination will soon be seen to be the most astounding thing about eros. If something terrible happens to me one day, and all that’s left is my body, and if, around the same time, something terrible should happen to Anne Carson and all that’s left is her brain, I would hope that somehow medical science and luck would combine, and allow these terrible accidents to be resolved through a relatively happy solution, by which one of us not Ms.

By the time I was done reading, I became convinced it is because our minds take the deepest joy eroz the beauty of metaphor – of the heart’s palpitating excitement over the difference in two unlike things. There would seem to be some resemblance between the way Eros acts in the mind of a thinker.

Cultural tidbits as well as foreign words and phrases trickle through the text in a pleasingly clarified form and only enhance the experience. This book, instead of being a guide, instead of being Beatrice, is Humbert Humbert mansplaining about obsessions only tangentially about love; mainly about obsessions from the classical world bittersweett riffs and plays on antecedent books about love and pain.

If you reach into the Phaedrus to get hold of Eros, you will be eluded, necessarily. I would add that if anyone is actually going to write about Heraclitus, as I would like to have happen, Anne Carson is the person to do it. And yet they are making the same type of universal claim.


I reread bits of it every fall when it comes time for me to teach the Greeks, especially during Sappho week. An important little volume for writers and readers.

To ask other readers questions about Eros the Bittersweetplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This year I reread it in its entirety and fell under its spell like never before. I’ve selected a few quotes that I think epitomize her methodology and give some insight into her interesting arguments and what they say I hope they aren’t too awkward without more context accompanied by witty, pithy titles hehe and brief comments by me.

Puns appear in all literatures, are apparently as old as language and unfailingly fascinate us. Every hunting, hungering lover is half a knucklebone, wooer of a meaning that is inseparable from its absence. I don’t understand love. I would have said I don’t cwrson care but Anne Carson’s writing, ever poetic in itself even when it’s in the form of essays, drew me in.

The interaction is a fiction arranged by the mind of the lover. And I didn’t want it to end. Do you know how what we call “love,” came to be? They have at their core the same delight, that of reaching, and entail the same pain, that of falling short or being deficient. I sense that there are simplifications and scholarly holes in Eros that those of us not intimately familiar with the Classics or the syntactical construction of ancient Greek—which I assume comprises the majority of her readership—are not able to bittersqeet, so dazzled are we by such a virtuosic yet elegant rhetorical performance.

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This fact does not cease to charm its readers. Carson is a very good reader. Published March 1st by Dalkey Archive Press first published This is an enormous claim, and it would take something verging on religious faith to countenance it based on what it presented here. Eros the Bittersweet by Anne Carson.

Eros the Bittersweet

I am writing this book because that act astounds me. Being a phonetic system, the Greek alphabet is concerned to symbolize annne objects in the real world but the very process in which sounds act to construct speech.


This approach that has admittedly lead to a somewhat uneven oeuvre, encompassing works as indisputably minor as major. But Carson does not say this disparagingly of literacy.

Maneuvers of triangulation disclose him. Dalkey Archive Press- Literary Criticism – pages. Instead of telling stories orally – a setting that allowed the listener and speaker a closeness with the words, beca I have to admit, I read this book because oh-so-literary characters on “The L Word” dropped the name while flirting. A working vehicle of transport and contemplation for those consumed by the psychology of loss and desire, both the bitter and the sweet parts of existing as a player in a romantic capacity.

Jan 06, Will rated it it was amazing Shelves: The so-called “city of love. I expected some sort of disconnect due to the fact that basically all of my classics knowledge is Latin-based and not Greek. On vacation, I guess. And it is only, suddenly, at the moment when I would dissolve that boundary, I realize I never can.

Carson’s analysis is by no means exhaustive, but she does include quite a few areas of interest including: But before I list those I’d like to mention the arguments I’m not going to quote because they are either too obscure without more context I can’t type everything, jeez or some other reason.

Carson with background in classical langu Anne Carson is a Canadian poet, essayist, translator and professor of Classics. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Jan 08, Kate Wyer rated it really liked it. But it gets stale. Your absence from the syntax of my life is not a fact to be changed by written words. Phonetic script imitates the activity of discourse itself. Jun 02, Quiver rated it it was amazing Shelves: Carson explains this a whole lot better cason more beautifully.