Download e-book for kindle: Becoming Light: Poems New and Selected by Erica Jong

By Erica Jong

ISBN-10: 1480438898

ISBN-13: 9781480438897

Seven lives,
then we
become mild . . .

Erica Jong’s novels are fearless and passionate. So, too, is her poetry. although renowned—and occasionally vilified—for her unabashedly sensual fiction, the writer considers herself a poet before everything. “It used to be my poetry,” Jong writes, “that saved me sane, that saved me entire, that stored me alive.”

Becoming gentle comprises poems individually chosen by means of Jong from her entire oeuvre of acclaimed released works—poems of affection, intercourse, witches, gods, and demons; word-songs brimming with wit, middle, bitterness, sorrow, and fact. From the earliest poetic musings of an excellent younger artist first testing her wings to later works born of expertise and adulthood, unpublished ahead of showing during this assortment, Jong’s natural artistry shines like a beacon as she writes, fearlessly and passionately, approximately being a girl, approximately being alive.

This e-book beneficial properties an illustrated biography of Erica Jong together with infrequent images and never-before-seen files from the author’s own assortment.

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The negation of the other is a fight to the death, as Hegel suggests, since the very existence of selfhood as such depends on it, although the contest would be literal only in the most primitive of circumstances. Negation is also a force for the positiveness of interdependent structures. I should reiterate at this point that Hegel's objective idealism is a recognition of what Kant before him and structuralist thinking after him have made plain - that the very possibility of human awareness and understanding is bound to the structures and patterns which give them definition.

Ll Undoubtedly it is important to observe this shift in the conceptions of irony: from conventional or fixed irony that is based on a clear sense of the difference between appearance and reality, where ironic ambiguity is grounded in an understood basis of determinate meaning, to an irony of uncertainty, an irony that is 'alert to the plurality of all meaning and the relativity of every position' (Furst, p. 228). But a formulation which refers to the 'essential paradoxicality of existence' or to 'the obdurate paradoxicality of a universe in eternal flux' (p.

Herein lies the double action that I have spoken about, whereby the self is at once made through being acted upon and acts itself as part of its own making, and herein lies also the potential for varying levels of awareness that also characterise the drama of the subject in its various stages and forms. We are asked to observe the subtlety and vagaries of unity and difference, external action and internal division, self-mediation, continual transition, dissolution and fusion. According to Hegel, 'the simple substance of life ...

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