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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I would have said I don’t particularly care but Anne Carson’s writing, ever poetic in itself even when it’s in the form of essays, drew me in.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Such questions are certainly important, but ultimately feel somewhat beside the point insofar as the response always seems to be a quiet but unapologetic “it is, and—.

The so-called “city of love. What does she think about while eating breakfast or tying bittegsweet shoelaces? Like eros, puns flout the edges of things.

Oct 12, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: He seems to me equal to gods that man who opposite you sits and listens close to your sweet speaking bitterxweet lovely laughing—oh it puts the heart in my chest on wings for when I look at you, a moment, then no speaking is left in me no: We have endeavored to see what that is by consulting ancient literature, lyric and romantic, for its exposition annne eros. To think about one’s own tactics is always a tricky business.

And I didn’t want it to end. Phonetic script imitates the activity of discourse itself. I have to admit, I read this book because oh-so-literary characters on “The L Word” dropped the name while flirting.


So is a lover.

What I would not give for better allies. I was in pain when I read this. Carson’s analysis is by no means exhaustive, but she does include quite a few areas of interest including: You are not a god. Who is the real subject of most love “Infants begin to see by noticing the edges of things. For it is inseparable from your ane of its impossibility.

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Carson explains this a whole lot better and more beautifully. References to this book Hermeneutics and the Voice of the Other: You are not that enlarged self. If you’ve ever wondered if your lover was playing a “game,” read this book to understand the impossibility and awesome responsibility for wanting what you want, denying it so you can eventually enjoy it, and where honesty t Do you know how what we call “love,” came to be?

First, the ancient Greeks didn’t have the letter “c. Sameness is projected onto difference in a kind of stereoscopy. For her eros is lack, eros is pain and pleasure, eros is the edge of desire or of the consonant, eros is language biittersweet reading and writing, and waiting and hating the wait, eros is marvelling at the feeling of ice in your hand but only because it will eventually melt.

Nov 06, Saettare rated it it was amazing. What does the word mean? Carson is a very good reader. If that is your craving, I am ready to melt you together and fuse you into a single unit, so that two become one and as long as you live you may both, as one, live a common life, and when you die you may also, down there in Bitterdweet, one instead of two, die a bitterxweet death.


There is something intoxicating about reading a scholar who brings erudition and poetic vision to a creative analysis of desire.

Eros the Bittersweet by Anne Carson

A book about romantic love, Eros the Bittersweet is Anne Carson’s exploration of the concept of “eros” in both classical philosophy and literature. Jun 02, Quiver rated it it was amazing Shelves: When we read, we feel that sharp gap between ourselves and the words on the page. She binds various close readings of ancient Greek sources of which quite a few originals are given alongside translations with her wide-ranging knowledge of poetry, philosophy, and scholarship in what would become her signature readable, yet lyrical style.

And it is only, suddenly, at the moment when I could dissolve that boundary, I realize I never can. I don’t understand love.

Eros the Bittersweet

Anne Carson, following Sappho, argues that Eros is a lack, a wound, a gesture toward a wholeness that’s only bitterswest exists in our total self-annihilation. The chase really is better than the catch. Quotes from Eros the Bittersweet. Beetje verliefd op dit boek.