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Eros the Bittersweet [PDF] ✪ Eros the Bittersweet ✬ Anne Carson – The insights presented in the volume are many and wide ranging recognizably in tune with the subtlest modern discussions of desire such as triangulation or loving what others love yet offering new sol The insights presented in the volume are many and wide ranging recognizably in tune with the subtlest modern discussions of desire such as triangulation or loving what others love yet offering new solutions to old problems like the proper interpretation of Plato's Phaedrus On the freuently discussed effect of literacy on Greek civilization the Eros the eBook ì book offers a fresh view it was no accident that the poets who invented Eros were also the first readers and writers of the Western literate traditionoriginally published in The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print on demand technology to again make available previously out of print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in .

10 thoughts on “Eros the Bittersweet

  1. Jessica Jessica says:

    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 Carson would be greatly improved

  2. Laura Leaney Laura Leaney says:

    In one of her chapters Anne Carson writes Imagine a city where there is no desire Supposing for the moment that the inhabitants of the city continue to eat drink and procreate in some mechanical way; still their life looks flat They do not theorize or spin tops or speak figuratively Few think to shun pain; none give gifts They bury their dead and forget where A city without desire is in sum a city of no imagination Carson's elucidation of this idea that desire is what moves the mind to imagine is beautiful and compelling Through the course of her exploration of eros Carson offers fascinating cultural details on the ancient Greeks and analyzes small poetry fragments that I've never read before One of my favorites is from Archilochos who wrote what it feels like to be violated by Eros Such a longing for love rolling itself up under my heart poured down much mist over my eyesfilching out of my chest the soft lungs Carson's analysis of this fragment is mind opening for those readers who appreciate close reading She does the same for Sappho as well as others but keeps her focus narrowed on the uestion of why we love to fall in love By the time I was done reading I became convinced it is because our minds take the deepest joy in the beauty of metaphor of the heart's palpitating excitement over the difference in two unlike things The space between them is the ache of desire Bittersweet indeed

  3. julieta julieta says:

    Anne Carson is brilliant This book about eros and literature reading words imagination love desire is a pleasure to read

  4. Anthony Vacca Anthony Vacca says:

    Anne Carson’s debut book is certainly an impressive piece of scholarship which for this particular reader made this both a pleasure and a burden to trudge through Summoning her impressive knowledge of Greek drama prose both philosophic and fictional and poetry Carson conjures a daring argument about the symbiotic and triangular connections between words on a page their writer and their reader with the notion of “desire” as the Spanish Fly that keeps all the sweaty limbs and soiled sheets intertwined and sticky Organized in a series of short chapters Carson makes her slow way from the poetic fragments of Sappho to her final destination of a long dissembling of one of Plato’s dialogues featuring Socrates schooling a young upstart named Phaedrus on topics such as desire man and boy love and writing—and all of this the elaborate and belabored groundwork for her argument that serious readers and writers are nothing but a bunch of sex crazed degeneratesor something like that As much of a rousing celebration this book is for the love of Literature too much of her prose is dry and bloated with jargon and rhetoric for this particular not smart enough reader Don’t get the wrong idea this is definitely a well rounded feast for thought but I look forward to dipping my finger into Glass Irony and God for a taste of her poetry

  5. Grace Hobbs Grace Hobbs says:

    There are no words for how perfect this book is A gorgeous exploration of the edges of personhood letters desire Endlessly fascinating and utterly engrossing I couldn't put it down I want to fall in love A sample from a favorite passageThe English word 'symbol' is the Greek word symbolon which means in the ancient world one half of a knucklebone carried as a token of identity to someone who has the other half Together the two halves compose one meaning A metaphor is a species of symbol So is a lover Every hunting hungering lover is half a knucklebone wooer of a meaning that is inseparable from its absence The moment when we understand these things when we see what we are projected on a screen of what we could be is invariably a moment of wrench and arrest We love that moment and we hate it We have to keep going back to it after all if we wish to maintain contact with the possible Sappho drew this conception together and called Eros glukupikron bittersweet

  6. Steven Steven says:

    Both the experience of desire and the experience of reading have something to teach us about edges We have endeavored to see what that is by consulting ancient literature lyric and romantic for its exposition of eros We have watched how archaic poets shape love poems as triangles and how ancient novelists construct novels as a sustained experience of paradox We caught sight of a similar outline even in Homer where the phenomenon of reading and writing resurfaces in Bellerophon's story We speculated about writers' purposes to seduce readers? and we are finally led to suspect that what the reader wants from reading and what the lover wants from love are experiences of very similar design It is a necessarily triangular design and it embodies a reach for the unknown 109This was my first experience reading Carson and it was beautiful

  7. Jesse Jesse says:

    Carson always perches her work in the most precarious positions One wonders what exactly they are holding in their hand is it scholarship? A novel? An art book? A translation? A seuel? A reimagining? Such uestions are certainly important but ultimately feel somewhat beside the point insofar as the response always seems to be a uiet but unapologetic it is and— I found it curious yet unsurprising that Eros Carson's first published text is so preoccupied with paradox and in between spaces in general now some thirty years on it's clear that is exactly the place where she has situated her own work Carson seems to implicitly pose every one of her texts as a hypothesis mere points of departure for exploration and experimentation This approach that has admittedly lead to a somewhat uneven oeuvre encompassing works as indisputably minor as majorI 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 spot so dazzled are we by such a virtuosic yet elegant rhetorical performance But that's exactly what makes Carson so singular If I wanted a scholarly analysis of Sappho of The Phaedrus Greek culture or any other of the countless topics Carson alights upon throughout Eros I'm sure I could find one two or many carefully researched argued and meticulously footnoted But I'm also uiet sure that they likely wouldn't be able to help me grasp or begin negotiating this sweetbitter experience of eros in which I currently find myself painfully suspended

  8. mwpm mwpm says:

    It is arguable then from the way they wrote and the tools they used that ancient readers and writers conceived the Greek alphabet as a system of outlines or edges But let us penetrate beyond the physical procedure of their writing to the activity of mind that informs it It is an activity of symbolization Being a phonetic system the Greek alphabet is concerned to symbolize not objects in the real world but the very process in which sounds act to construct speech Phonetic script imitates the activity of discourse itself The Greek alphabet revolutionized this imitative function through introduction of its consonant which is a theoretic element an abstraction The consonant functions by means of an act of imagination in the mind of the user I am writing this book because that act astounds me It is an act in which the mind reaches out from what is present and actual to something else 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 Alphabetic Edge Eros the Bittersweet pg 60 61

  9. Ashley Ashley says:

    I have to admit I read this book because oh so literary characters on The L Word dropped the name while flirting And again I admit I have also tried to talk about this book while hitting on women Why? Because this book so thick with Carson's immense knowledge of classical literature is also incredibly romantic To the Greeks the idea of writing itself was relatively new Instead of telling stories orally a setting that allowed the listener and speaker a closeness with the words because they shared them at the same time there was this distance When we read we feel that sharp gap between ourselves and the words on the page Carson draws a parallel between the experience of reading to the experience of longing for a lover a distance between people that is yes bittersweet Carson explains this a whole lot better and beautifully Read it then use it to get dates

  10. yarrow yarrow says:

    Anne Carson following Sappho argues that Eros is a lack a wound a gesture toward a wholeness that's only possibility exists in our total self annihilation This sort of also describes my relationship to this book I can only read it as a void a gaping hole in myself knowing that I will never make something so perfect

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