Eros the Bittersweet: An Essay

Eros the Bittersweet: An Essay

Anne Carson

Publish 12 months note: initially released in 1989.

A e-book approximately love as noticeable by way of the ancients, Eros is Anne Carson's exploration of the concept that of "eros" in either classical philosophy and literature.

Beginning with: "It used to be Sappho who first referred to as eros 'bittersweet.' not anyone who has been in love disputes her. What does the observe mean?", Carson examines her topic from quite a few issues of view and kinds, transcending the limitations of the scholarly workout for an evocative and lyrical meditation within the culture of William Carlos William's Spring and All and William H. Gass's On Being Blue.

The insights awarded within the quantity are many and wide-ranging, recognizably in music with the subtlest glossy discussions of hope (such as triangulation. or loving what others love), but providing new options to previous difficulties, just like the right interpretation of Plato's Phaedrus. at the often mentioned influence of literacy on Greek civilization, the publication bargains a clean view: it used to be no twist of fate that the poets who invented Eros have been additionally the 1st readers and writers of the Western literate tradition.

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