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Eros the Bittersweet by Anne Carson
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Jul 18, 2012

it was amazing

There is something intoxicating about reading a scholar who brings erudition and poetic vision to a creative analysis of desire. This book, via a discussion of Sappho and other figures, proves a stunning, trans-textual analysis of variations on the constructions of amorous triangulation, whether that which is seen between three people entangled, viewers and lovers, or those triangulations created by either physical distance or prose via correspondence. It is an essay/adventure, which is deliriously interesting, broken into parts that are themselves--as missives of the lost and struck-- breaking into parts, utilizing a ripe unattainable apple as an example, among other things, to elucidate the finer points of passion for the out of reach--and the stunning ironies of erotic remove. Excellent. 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.
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