Other literary forms
Anne Carson is a crossover artist. In addition to being a prizewinning poet, she is an accomplished essayist and has a deep understanding of drama and storytelling. The subtitles of her books show her determination to think across genres and even art forms. Autobiography of Red, her work based on poetry fragments by ancient Greek poet Stesichoros, is presented as “a novel in verse,” while The Beauty of the Husband, her meditations on the relation of beauty and truth in the poetry of John Keats, becomes “a fictional essay,” and the poems that make up this essay are conceived as verbal parallels to the tango in music and dance. Carson writes essays in the word’s original sense of “attempts” or “trials.” Her essays grow out of a deep scholarly knowledge of classical texts, especially in Greek, but show a wide eclectic knowledge of world literature and an eye for resemblances across centuries and between languages.