Monday, January 21, 2008

I was first drawn into Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson's powerful descriptive imagery and her uses of the color red. I paid particular attention to the theme of subjectivity throughout the book and I think the story revolves around Geryon learning that things in the world can be interpreted differently by different people. Throughout the book he questions abstract things such as time and even concrete items like a fruit bowl. An exmaple of Geryon realizing that things in the world can be viewed differently by different people is when he attends the volcano with Herakles' grandmother. She finds the lava dome beautiful, while Geryon calls the scenery terrible rocks. With his realizations Geryon finds that it is true that, "There is no person without a world" (82). I think Geryon finds his identity in flying to the volcano to become an eyewitness and I enjoyed this new ending to the story.

Something I was interested in was the poem by Emily Dickinson that appears in the front of the book. This poem is also quoted in the section where Geryon flies to the volcano and alluded to in that section's title. Emily Dickinson is mentioned throughout the book and one of her poems is even the subject which Herakles and Ancash are studying. I was just wondering if anyone else had any insight to the significance of the poem and Emily Dickinson to the book overall.

1 comment:

Pamela Lazaroff said...

As a person who is really into poetry, I was enthralled by the passage (poem) Carson chose to begin her novel in verse with. I like to think of it almost as though it is support their movement; laying down the foundation for what they are about to present to us as the readers. The poem opened up beautifully for what we were about to read- which was a lot more abstract than most of us are used to. I enjoyed the allusions to Dickinson; it's a note of Carson's resourcefulness and paying a tribute to Dickinson.