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Dante's Paradiso and the Limitations of Modern Criticism : A Study of Style and Poetic Theory - Robin Kirkpatrick

Dante's Paradiso and the Limitations of Modern Criticism

A Study of Style and Poetic Theory

Paperback Published: 14th April 2011
ISBN: 9780521157568
Number Of Pages: 227

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In this 1978 book, it is Dr Kirkpatrick's contention that critics have yet to present a satisfactory account of Dante's originality in the Paradiso. We shall best appreciate the Paradiso, he argues, if we recognise that poetry can not only dramatise thought, but also offer a thorough analysis of religious and philosophical belief. Considering Dante's own discussions of poetry and language in the Convivio and De Vulgari Eloquentia, Dr Kirkpatrick claims that, for Dante, direct and careful statement is itself a special responsibility of the poet. This attitude is shown in detail to conflict with a view that critics continue to derive from T. S. Eliot and from theoreticians such as Croce and Terracini, whereby poetic language is allowed only an expressive and imaginative function. Dr Kirkpatrick demonstrates how in practice Dante's adoption of analytical language influences the organisation of his poem and his handling of word and image.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Note on the translationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The 'modest voice' and the Paradisop. 28
Dante's conception of poetic disciplinep. 51
The stable phrasep. 85
Independence and the reader of the Paradisop. 108
Word and image in the Paradisop. 130
The organisation of the canto in the Paradisop. 151
Conclusionp. 178
Notesp. 181
Select bibliographyp. 204
Contos of the Commedia cited in textp. 221
Index of namesp. 222
Index of topicsp. 225
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ISBN: 9780521157568
ISBN-10: 0521157560
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 227
Published: 14th April 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31