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Dante and Medieval Latin Traditions - Peter Dronke

Dante and Medieval Latin Traditions

Paperback Published: 8th May 1989
ISBN: 9780521379601
Number Of Pages: 168

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Peter Dronke is one of the most eminent scholars of medieval literature, and in this new book he illustrates a number of ways in which medieval Latin traditions can help us to understand Dante's great poem, The Divine Comedy. The first chapter of the book includes both an account of those medieval conceptions of allegory and vision, image and metaphor, symbol and myth that are most relevant to Dante's poetry, and a discussion of some of Dante's own insights into the nature of poetic meaning. Later chapters focus on particular moments in the Comedy - the giants in Inferno, the apocalyptic showings in Purgatorio, and the solar heaven in Paradiso - relating these moments to Dante's rich and varied Latin inheritance, and suggesting how this approach can bring the poetry to life for modern readers. All quotations from Italian are accompanied by English translations.

The Commedia and medieval modes of reading
The giants in Hell
The phantasmagoria in the earthly paradise
The first circle in the solar heaven
Bibliographical note
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ISBN: 9780521379601
ISBN-10: 0521379601
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 8th May 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.23