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Dante and Monasticism

Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

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...In Il Convivio Dante, writing of old age, said those men were wise who then withdrew from active to religious life: ‘Even those who are married may so do, since God requires only the profession of the heart.’ This is perhaps an indication...

Dante and Forese Donati

Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

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...The pleasant converse (le dolci ragioni) of the two ancient poets (to which we are not admitted) is interrupted when they are obstructed by a tree bearing sweet-smelling fruit. Nearby, a clear stream flows from a high rock, watering...

The Valley of Disease

Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

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...Gazing at the vast number of souls with their horrifying wounds, Dante feels so overwhelmed that he is about to weep. Virgil asks him ironically if he is trying to count the souls. If so, he must realize that the ditch is 22 miles round...

The Vision of the Trinity

Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

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...Vergine madre, figlia del tuo figlio (‘Virgin mother, daughter of thy son’): with these celebrated words St Bernard begins his prayer to the Mother of God. It is a prayer such as St Bernard in life might have offered, extolling her at once...

Francesca da Rimini

Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

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...In the primitive accounts of St Paul’s visit to Hell a devil is described showing the souls a list of their sins, in which they read the place to which they are assigned. In some Doom paintings a devil is even seen ticking off a list...

Main Dishes and Trenchers

Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

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...The metaphor of a banquet hangs like a tapestry as a visual background to the intellectual feast that Dante prepared. In his day such an occasion was an art form, stately and elaborate. The main dishes were carried into the hall...

Language and Poetry

Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

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...In the university city of Bologna, surrounded by scholars, Dante felt drawn to resume intellectual activity. His renewed contact with his friend and fellow poet, Cino da Pistoia, revived his memory of the style that they and other members...

The Departure of Beatrice

Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

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...After her contemptuous speech about facetious clergy, Beatrice, seeming almost to apologize for her digression, reverts to her sublime function of expounding the infinitude of angels and the unity of God. For this concept she has recourse...

Love, Natural and Rational

Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

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...During his exile, when he entered on his great undertaking, Il Convivio, Dante had pondered deeply the nature of love and had come to identify it as the natural propensity of all created things. He developed this concept in his commentary...

Better Waters

Dante : The Poet, the Thinker, the Man

I.B.Tauris, 2006

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...How far had Dante advanced in his writing of Inferno when Henry VII crossed the Alps in 1310? We do not know, but the following is significant. In Canto XIX Pope Nicholas III foretells that Clement V will push Boniface VIII and himself like...