By Anne Carson
The historic Greek lyric poet Simonides of Keos used to be the 1st poet within the Western culture to take funds for poetic composition. From this start line, Anne Carson launches an exploration, poetic in its personal correct, of the assumption of poetic financial system. She deals a interpreting of yes of Simonides' texts and aligns those with writings of the trendy Romanian poet Paul Celan, a Jew and survivor of the Holocaust, whose "economies" of language are infamous. Asking such questions as, what's misplaced whilst phrases are wasted? and Who gains whilst phrases are stored? Carson unearths the 2 poets' outstanding commonalities.
In Carson's view Simonides and Celan proportion an analogous mentality or disposition towards the realm, language and the paintings of the poet. Economy of the Unlost starts off through displaying how all of the poets stands in a kingdom of alienation among worlds. In Simonides' case, the present financial system of fifth-century b.c. Greece used to be giving method to one in line with funds and commodities, whereas Celan's lifestyles spanned pre- and post-Holocaust worlds, and he himself, writing in German, grew to become estranged from his local language. Carson is going directly to examine numerous elements of the 2 poets' ideas for coming to grips with the invisible during the obvious global. a spotlight at the style of the epitaph provides insights into the types of alternate the poets envision among the residing and the useless. Assessing the impression on Simonidean composition of the cloth truth of inscription on stone, Carson means that a necessity for brevity prompted the exactitude and readability of Simonides' kind, and proposes a comparability with Celan's curiosity within the "negative layout" of printmaking: either poets, even though in several methods, hire one of those unfavourable photo making, slicing away all that's superfluous. This book's juxtaposition of the 2 poets illuminates their differences--Simonides' basic religion within the energy of the observe, Celan's final despair--as good as their similarities; it offers fertile floor for the virtuosic interaction of Carson's scholarship and her poetic sensibility.
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Index Achilles, seventy four, seventy five akribeia, seventy eight, eighty, ninety three alchemy, ninety five, ninety seven, ninety eight, ninety nine, 131 alienation, 10, 17, 19, 24, 26, 28, 32, 33, forty three, sixty two, 106 alphabet, sixty one, seventy nine, 107, 117, 119, 131 apate, 48–52, fifty four visual appeal, 50, fifty two, fifty nine, sixty two, seventy two Aristogeiton, 87, 90–93 Aristotle, nine, thirteen, 15, 20, 26, forty three, seventy six, seventy eight, 132 asterisk, 119 avarice, 15, 17, 25, 27, 121, 124. See additionally greed; miser; stinginess Bergson, Henri, 104 black, vii, viii, 7, eight, fifty six, seventy nine, eighty two, 89, ninety eight, ninety nine, a hundred and five, 113, 114, 118 blame. See compliment blood, 6, 7, nine, 70, 87, ninety eight Bremen speech, 29, forty, forty-one, forty three, 94–95 Büchner, George, sixty two Buber, Martin, 33, 34, 35, sixty two, sixty seven buffalo, ninety seven, ninety eight burial, 26, 27, 39, seventy five, ninety three Cezanne, Paul, one hundred and five charis. See grace chequer, seventy nine, eighty Cicero, 38, 39, forty, forty two, 107 coin, three, 10–11, sixteen, 19, 20, 22, 25, 27, forty-one, forty five, seventy seven, eighty five, a hundred, 129, 134 commodification, 17, 18, 19, 38 commodity, eleven, 12, thirteen, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 28, 39, forty three, seventy six, seventy seven, 106, 107, one hundred twenty five, 131 commodity alternate. See commodity consonant, 117 contrafactuality, eight, 32, fifty seven, fifty eight, sixty five, 121, 133 Danaë, fifty five, fifty seven, fifty eight, sixty two, sixty three, sixty four, sixty five, sixty six, sixty seven, sixty eight, sixty nine, seventy one, seventy two, 121, 133 deception. See apate Dioskouroi, 39, forty, forty three, forty four, 107 double-negative, seventy six, a hundred, one hundred and one, 106, 126 elegiac couplet. See elegiac verse elegiac verse, fifty nine, seventy six, 89–90, ninety one, ninety two, 131 epinikion. See victory ode epitaph, 26, 27, fifty three, 73–99, 106 etching, 111, 112, 113, 114, 118 Euboea, conflict of, seventy five, seventy six Fields, W. C. , one zero one Floating Weeds. See Ozu present, 11–20, 25, 27, forty, forty two, forty three, eighty, 106 reward alternate. See present Giotto, 88 God, viii, 27, 36, 37, forty four, fifty eight, sixty one, sixty two, sixty five, sixty seven, 113, 114, 117, one hundred twenty five goddess, 20, forty-one gods, 14, 36, 39, forty, forty two, a hundred and one, one hundred twenty five, 126, 131. See additionally Dioskouroi gold, 10, sixteen, ninety five, ninety nine, 127, 128, 129 Gorgias, sixteen, forty eight, forty nine, 50, fifty four grace, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, forty, forty three, eighty three, 106, 117, 129 gratitude, 14, 39, forty-one. See additionally grace greed, three, 17, 24, 124. See additionally avarice; miser; stinginess visitor. See hospitality hare, 19, 21, 22, 34, 106 Harmodios. See Aristogeiton Hebrew, 36, 116, 117, 131 Hipparchos, 19, ninety, ninety one, ninety two Hippias, ninety, ninety one, ninety two, ninety three Hieron, 21, 22, 24, 25, 31, 34, forty two, forty three, fifty nine, sixty one, 106 Heraklitos, fifty one, fifty two, fifty eight, fifty nine, 60 Hölderlin, Friedrich, vii, three, 6, one hundred twenty, 129, one hundred thirty, 131, 132, 133 Homer, eleven, thirteen, 14, 21, 25, forty, forty-one, forty nine, seventy three, seventy eight, seventy nine, 121 hospitality, 12, 13–14, 18, 21, 23, 27, 31, 33, 39, forty two, forty three, 131 host. See hospitality hymn, 128, 129, 131 phantasm. See apate Isolt. See Tristan Kaddish, 36, 37 Kastor. See Dioskouroi King Lear, a hundred, 116, 118 kosmiotes, 25, 31, forty two Kroisos, 111, 113 Leonardo da Vinci, forty eight, 50 Leonidas, 52–55, seventy six, 87 Leopardi, Giacomo, 103 literary feedback (invented via Simonides), forty six, forty nine Lukács, George, vii Luxemburg, Rosa, ninety five, ninety seven, ninety eight, ninety nine Mallarmé, Stéphane, vii, three, 6, one hundred fifteen, 119 Marx, Karl, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20–21, 24, 28, forty five, seventy five, 106, 107, 108 Meister Eckhart, 114 reminiscence, vii, five, 15, 37, 38–44, fifty three, seventy four, seventy eight, eighty one, eighty three, eighty five, ninety five, 107, one hundred ten, 117, a hundred thirty, 131 Meridian speech, sixty nine, seventy one, ninety five Middlemarch, 104 mimesis, fifty two, ninety five miser, 15, 25, seventy eight, eighty.