Anne Carson Writing Styles in Float

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Point of View

There is not one but 22 points of view in Float — a new perspective for each chapbook, all of which are detailed in the present tense unless indicated otherwise in the chapter summary. "Pinplay" and "Uncle Falling," for example, are detailed in the style of an attic drama, which means that their perspectives are multiple, since they comprise of a large cast, all of whom have speaking roles and thus, points of view. "Cassandra Float Can," on the other hand, is an essay, which means that its narrative voice is impartial, rather than personal, much like the list-based chapbooks "108 (flotage)" and "Eras of Yves Klein." And then a number of the poems and prose-compositions use as their focalizing character an unnamed lyrical I — the most personal point of view, for it implies self-same similarity with the author — these poems and prose-compositions being: "Merry Christmas from Hegel...

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