Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera

Decreation Poetry Essays Opera Simone Weil described decreation as undoing the creature in us an undoing of self In her first collection in five years Anne Carson explores this idea with characteristic brilliance and a tantalizing

  • Title: Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera
  • Author: Anne Carson
  • ISBN: 9781400043491
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Simone Weil described decreation as undoing the creature in us an undoing of self In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson explores this idea with characteristic brilliance and a tantalizing range of reference, moving from Aphrodite to Antonioni, Demosthenes to Annie Dillard, Telemachos to Trotsky, and writing in forms as varied as opera libretto, screenplaySimone Weil described decreation as undoing the creature in us an undoing of self In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson explores this idea with characteristic brilliance and a tantalizing range of reference, moving from Aphrodite to Antonioni, Demosthenes to Annie Dillard, Telemachos to Trotsky, and writing in forms as varied as opera libretto, screenplay, poem, oratorio, essay, shot list, and rapture As she makes her way through these forms she slowly dismantles them, and in doing so seeks to move through the self, to its undoing.

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    1. Anne Carson

      Anne Carson is a Canadian poet, essayist, translator and professor of Classics Carson lived in Montreal for several years and taught at McGill University, the University of Michigan, and at Princeton University from 1980 1987 She was a 1998 Guggenheim Fellow and in 2000 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship She has also won a Lannan Literary Award.Carson with background in classical languages, comparative literature, anthropology, history, and commercial art blends ideas and themes from many fields in her writing She frequently references, modernizes, and translates Ancient Greek literature She has published eighteen books as of 2013, all of which blend the forms of poetry, essay, prose, criticism, translation, dramatic dialogue, fiction, and non fiction She is an internationally acclaimed writer Her books include Antigonick, Nox, Decreation, The Beauty of the Husband A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos, winner of the T.S Eliot Prize for Poetry Economy of the Unlost Autobiography of Red, shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T.S Eliot Prize, Plainwater Essays and Poetry, and Glass, Irony and God, shortlisted for the Forward Prize Carson is also a classics scholar, the translator of If Not, Winter Fragments of Sappho, and the author of Eros the Bittersweet Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship Her latest book, Red Doc, was shortlisted for the 2013 T.S Elliot Prize.


    1. I don't quite get all of this.A mother's heavy love   cripplingly cold   wombed moon.Selenian slices of operatic allure       l   i   n   e   d    volleys.             Probing Longinus' Dream for Weil's God                          Who fell asleep whilst her passion    S a  p  p  h   i   c             feasted unto surcease.                            s     t    a [...]

    2. Carson is like a centaur without the horse. She has such a prodigious command of style and form that one is tempted to overlook the lack of passion. After initial enthusiasm I increasingly feel oppressed by this claustrophobic book, which evokes an apophatic language of transcendence to articulate what is ultimately a human failing -- her failure to make contact with her own animal nature. The intellect is depicted again and again as a point of departure, but it leads only to alienation. Humans [...]

    3. Este libro, mezcla de poesía y ensayo es una absoluta maravilla. Complejo, poético, clarificador por momentos. Decreación sería la respuesta femenina a la deconstrucción si tuviera que definirlo de alguna manera. Dejarse sumergir en la poética de Carson es entrar en un universo literario donde tu cabeza solo puede explotar. Derruir las formas de los géneros para encontrar a otra persona, la persona decreada

    4. I do love Carson's work, but this is giving me a bit of a headache. Not that her headaches don't carry some pleasure with them, but this book is rigid in a way that halts the organic content. There's a sterility here, reaching into words like "radio" and "blood" - There is something chilling but not haunting. It feels like so much is being held back, and I am only to assume Carson means to do so. She does nothing in her work accidentally, everything is primed and calculated. I like this and don' [...]

    5. in short decreation starts telling about the mother of anne carson who had recently died. so what comes is something like what her relation to her mother has ment to her (i suppose). the bigger part is then dealing with three woman from three parts of history namely saphoo, marie la porette and simone weil. giving them a place for introduction and even admiration. in the core of this book lies a small abstract play by samuel becket. also monica vitti is introduced in relation to red dessert by a [...]

    6. Whatever Anne Carson touches she makes entirely new---you feel like your reading something space aged (if space age wasn't a throwback term in itself). However, how succesful this book is depends explicitly on which section you're reading at the time. It's a segmented creature, with each section loosely related to the others---for me Carson's confessional pieces are not as interesting as her academic excursions, however I know many people who only know how to read confessionally, so I can't blam [...]

    7. I have never read anything remotely like this before.For example:"DECREATIONAn Opera in Three PartsPART ONELove's ForgeryCast: Hephaistos: lame god of the forge and husband of AphroditeAphrodite: goddess of love and wife of HephaistosAres: god of war and lover of AphroditeVolcano Chorus: 7 female robots built by Hephaistos to help him at the forge"This collection melds beauty, mystery, philosophy, psychology, ridiculousness, wit, hilarity, the sublime, love, and more in darkness and almost rando [...]

    8. The variations of form make the book a little difficult at times, but the two major essays are wholly hypnotic and mindblowing. Her writing on sleep is almost enough to let you slip into an altered state, and the eponymous essay left me speechless. I also really enjoyed the poems entitled /Gnosticisms/ and found them to be really succinct articulations of immanence and clarity.

    9. It's all so good, but some lyric poems just really sing. The essay on sleep and the title essay kill it. The genres are all wild n great

    10. This is an intense collection of poetry, essays, and other short pieces by Carson. The whole thing is powerful, but I was most struck by the essays and opera from which the title derives. It seemed to me that those pieces served as a tribute to the passion one can have for ideas, as well as a fascinating engagement with those ideas. The spiritual connection that Carson forges between her three thinkers and the idea of selflessness and void as a kind of love and a path to god was fascinating, but [...]

    11. Some profoundly beautiful moments in this collection, as is to be expected for me from Anne Carson (hits me always in ways I can’t explain !!)I admire the ambition of the form of a lot of the pieces (operas, screenplay for a documentary, etc), some sections were just too dense / also bizarre, nonsensical for me to follow

    12. I'm on a journey to read everything Anne Carson has ever written, and it's really working out for me so far.So it's a poetry/essay/documentary script/public performance art piece script collection, with many of the seemingly discrete categories woven together by theme or character or turn of phrase, and it's really lovely to see the pieces connect. (I don't think I got all of it, you know, and I'd love to see Anne Carson write an essay on Anne Carson, but that might get too meta-- anyway, even t [...]

    13. Anne Carson is one of my favorite writers even while I struggle with many of her books, this in particular. Based on The Glass Essay and The Autobiography of Red, I would recommend anything she writesbut this book is difficult. Sometimes Decreation is so simple it feels like it's written by a highly precocious intelligent group of fifteen year olds in a girl's boarding school and yet despite the distraction of that idea, I find everything written strangely alluring. It feels experimental, daring [...]

    14. Ok I am reading this again. Finished! I must say that my only real criticism of this book is the highly personal experience of finding it very hard to fit into my life. This didn’t work well as subway reading. It is just too dense and meaty. I guess I could also say that reading this book highlighted for me that I will never be as smart as Anne Carson, but for the most part I am ok with that. In contrast toAutobiography of Red, Decreation lacks an explicit narrative, but Carson does an excelle [...]

    15. Amazing intellectual breadth. Carson is great in every genre, and they're all found here: screenplay, opera, lyric, you name it. Also included are a few illuminating critical essays, some of which are concluded not with scholarly summations but with lyric poems that restate and take flight from the contents of the essays they tie up. The books is particularly great because if you get bored with one piece, wait a few pages and you'll not only be reading another section, but a whole different lite [...]

    16. There are a lot of elements to this book that have flown over my head. "Decreation" holds so many references and vocabulary that had me searching all sorts of sources in order to understand. It's possibly odd to say that being confused by a book and having to do research to understand it makes me enjoy "Decreation" very much. I like books that make me think. I like books that have the sort of lines that ring well together like a series of synchronizing bells. Anne Carson has an enthralling mind [...]

    17. Anne. Carson. Blows. One. Away. LOVELY, as always. I'm binge-reading my way through as many of her books as I can this summer. The lovely thing about her work is its erudition coupled with her fascination with loss and mystery--history, literature, mothers, brothers, and lovers. :) There is not one book of hers (I have devoured) that I have not paused in admiration to revel quietly in her use of the unsaid, to consider the telling nature of her questions and her silences. Brava! This particular [...]

    18. Well, I've finished reading it but I wouldn't say I'm "done" with it. What an odyssey, with many different voices and faces, which I guess is part of the aim in "undoing the creature in us". I don't feel as close to this one as I do to others of Carson's books (like Autobiography of Red or Plainwater), but the scope is vast and I look forward to digging into its pieces later, particularly the essays (which I think would then lend greater meaning to the rest, and vice versa). This idea of decreat [...]

    19. So here is the thing about Anne Carson: She's my hero. And not just because she's a serious academic in a way that I wish I was or she can pull the strangest and most beautiful associations together. It isn't that she's a Canadian or that she sometimes rides the same train line between Montreal and Toronto that I did throughout my childhood and adolescence. No. It's more than that, it is a deeper odder longing than that and it comes from somewhere inside of me, and has a great deal to do with th [...]

    20. Half of this book was breath-taking. I especially loved the sections on film (Antonioni and Monica Vitti); the Sublimes; the essays on sleep - which, being a poor sleeper, fascinates me - and total eclipses (a particular favorite) and the final, brief piece, "Longing, A Documentary." I mostly struggled through the other half. Throughout, however, I marveled at Carson's imagination. Her strangeness unlocks something. Who else gives us so much that's learned and fun? Plus, she gives me the Greeks [...]

    21. There was a lot of 5-star stuff in here. I love the poems in the beginning and loved the essay on Sleep. I enjoyed how she brought her own thoughts together with others' thoughts to make some really great points come alive.However, near the middle she lost me. You couldn't pick and choose as you can with most poetry books. The essays or liberetto had to be read in order to understand the context of the poetry and it became a lot less enjoyable to me.

    22. "What does sleep see when it looks back at us?"///"You are now inside the moon’s shadow, which is a hundred miles wide and travels at two thousand miles an hour. The sensation is stupendous. It seems to declare a contest with everything you have experienced of light and colour hitherto."That essay on sleep makes me move Virginia Woolf higher up my to-read list. A truly great read.

    23. When should authors mix different forms? Is the form of an essay so tenuous it does not owe any allegiance to a specific form or style of writing?I find myself struggling with this book by Carson. Most of the time, I think Carson's style of fragmentation is effective. However, in Decreation, the lack of cohesion has me questioning what is considered and not considered in how Carson mixes forms. Often the mixing of essay and poem and chorus feels disorganized. If not, haphazard. I find myself hav [...]

    24. So wonderful!! An homage to Carson's own inspirations and favorites, poems, plays, essays, and operas (!) informed by an intellectual study of Classical languages and philosophy but so gentle and clear in themselves that you don't need all the background study that Carson obviously has to enjoy or understand them (Although I did really like her Beckettian play about Beckett, one of the few writers she mentions who I've read)I think my favorite section is towards the end, a three part essay that [...]

    25. I picked up this book because of Anne Carson's previous work, 'Eros the Bittersweet' where she explains the relationship between eroticism and thought (Eros and Psyche) using ancient Greek poetry. This work didn't amplify eroticism for me as much as show how the form of poetry provided a channel for communicating desire in a dignified and meaningful way. Decreation shifts focus from being about the self to its relationships to its thoughts and surroundings. This is an important shift because Car [...]

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