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Antigonick - Winner of the Criticos Prize

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Carson is also a classics scholar, the translator of If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, and the author of Eros the Bittersweet.

There is no poetry, no dramatic sensibility, all the themes are lost in the apparent need to be witty (variably successful) with frequent contemporary jargons ("Bingo! She is author of The Autobiography of Red, The Beauty of the Husband, Decreation, Economy of the Unlost, Eros the Bittersweet, Glass, Irony and God, Grief Lessons, If Not, Winter, Men in the Off Hours, Norma Jean Baker of Troy, Nox, Plainwater and Red Doc> . There’s a sense of things being wrapped up, a kind of childishness in his seesaw of words: “Late to learn O yes I am/late too late O then O then …” He blames the chorus for bringing him the awful news.

But she knows that "spectral domesticity" isn't a satisfying reading, and in any case it wouldn't be supported by the other pictures. A beautiful, bewildering book, wondrous and a bit scary to behold, that gives a reader much to think about without making it clear how she should feel. The snappiness of her translation hits a different note from Sophocles, but this edition is a treat none the less.

has an ineluctably comic effect for those who remember Housman's parody of Aeschylus ("O suitably-attired-in-leather-boots head of a traveler . Antigonick conveys the nonsensical results of most translations of ancient Greek – the banality of stichomythia, the lists of question-words, the improbable coinages. This book brought back the euphoria of discovery I felt while reading plays in high school English classes. But Antigone evenly counters: “Actually no they all think like me / but you’ve nailed their tongues to the floor. As the blind seer Teiresias warns: “Watch out Kreon / Watch out I see the future plunging toward you.But Anne Carson eliminates the intrinsic misogyny of the Ancient Greek culture and now a more feminist theme (we are girls / girls cannot force their way against men // yet I will ) is prominent. Besides writing poetry Bianca is a visual artist, often combining verse and image, for which she was a 2011 NYFA fellow. And does the author really intend the bathetic potential of the lines given to various chorus members at a particularly poignant juncture of the action: "Here comes Creon .

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