Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera by Anne Carson

Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera

Anne Carson

272 pages first pub 2005 (editions)

fiction essays philosophy play poetry challenging informative reflective slow-paced


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...

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reflective 82%
challenging 64%
emotional 29%
dark 23%
mysterious 23%
informative 17%
inspiring 17%
adventurous 5%


slow 58%
fast 25%
medium 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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Flaws of characters a main focus?

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