The Comedy

The Comedy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...but one, namely that of amorous love, in which it has been industriously exercised by generations of lyrical poets; and this is the only garb of allegory that is at present available in our vulgar tongue. Here then is one reason why I cultivate every branch of knowledge; namely, to find materials for expanding the range of our native poetry, that so it may serve me to image forth the beatitude of heavenly wisdom in a worthier manner than anything that has been attempted hitherto.' In thus endeavouring to sketch the real contents of the 'Vita Nuova, ' we have carefully preserved the Ego of the original. But it must not be supposed that we regard that story as a personal narrative, or as a piece of covert autobiography. This idea has been a prolific source of confusion. Biographers have taken parts of the ' Vita Nuova, ' and have pieced it out with passages of the 'Convito' or the ' Commedia' so as to make a seemingly compact story. We contend that the ' Vita Nuova' is not a composition which can be used in this manner.' Its real meaning is inward and mental, while the apparent story is only a garment. That much of the author's experience is there embalmed we certainly know; and that a great deal more of the same kind is there may well be surmised; but the intention is is not autobiographical, and it is impossible for us to distinguish what is from what is not personal. The intention is to sketch the destined path of man, when he aims at the perfection of his nature, and sets out in search of happiness in wisdom. The Ego is not the Ego of the man Dante Alighieri, but of the ideal pilgrim whom Dante personates; or, as Scartazzini variously expresses it, 'il mistico viatore, ' or ' il mistico pellegrino.' The 'Vita Nuova' is instinct with truth, and its...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123650111X
  • 9781236501110