Dante: The Poet, the Political Thinker, the Man

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I.B.Tauris, 2006 - 466 oldal
Dante is one of the towering figures of medieval European literature. Yet, many riddles and questions about him persist. By re-reading Dante with an open mind, Barbara Reynolds made discoveries and unlocked previously hidden secrets about this greatest of Florentine poets. A fundamental enigma has tantalised readers of the 'Commedia' for seven centuries. Who was the leader prophesied by Virgil and Beatrice to bring peace to the world? Many attempts have been made to identify him, but none has seemed conclusive. As well as proposing a solution to the famous prophecies, this biography contains a provocative new idea in virtually every chapter. Dr. Reynolds' research indicates that Dante may have smoked cannabis to reach new heights of creativity. That Beatrice, Dante's great love, was not who most scholars think she was. That Dante was a talented public speaker, who created a quite new form of poetic art, holding audiences spellbound. Above all, Reynolds views Dante as one of the greatest spin-doctors of Western civilization. His aim was not to preach an interesting parable about punishments for sin and rewards for virtue. It was to use poetry to change the politics of the age, and unite Europe around the secular authority of an Emperor. To promote this idea, which dominated his writings from his exile onwards, Dante combined it with a dramatic presentation of the Christian belief in Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. Dante here comes alive as never before - irate, opinionated, settling scores - a man of mutifaceted gifts and extraordinary genius, whose role as an interpreter of world history makes him more than ever relevant to the new millennium.
 

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Reynolds (Italian, emerita, Cambridge Univ.;Dorothy L. Sayers: Her Life and Soul ) brings a lifetime of study to a new understanding of 13th-century Italian poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri ... Teljes értékelés elolvasása

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The Early Years
1
Dante and Guido Cavalcanti
18
3 Disaster
33
Pope Boniface VIII
36
The First Years of Exile
43
5 Language and Poetry
52
Invitation to a Banquet
64
7 Main Dishes and Trenchers
75
3 The Morning Sun
251
32 From Humour to Invective
258
33 Close of Day and a New Dawn
265
Pride and Humility
271
35 Evil and the Freedom of the Will
278
Love Natural and Rational
285
37 The Mountain Trembles
289
Dante and Forese Donati
294

The True Definition of Nobility
83
9 Injustice and Avarice
95
to Dante the Showman
102
St Paul and the Archangel Michael
107
i1 The Return of Beatrice
110
a The Story Begins
116
i3 Limbo
122
4 Francesca da Rimini
131
15 Dante in Danger
138
Dante the Taxonomist
145
Down into the Depths
157
W Him of Alagna
165
u DevilPlay 75
175
A Den of Thieves
183
23 Tongues of Fire
191
24 The Severed Head
199
5 The Valley of Disease
206
Towering Giants
211
27 The Frozen Lake
217
Lucifer
227
The Cupola of the Baptistery in Florence
228
9 The Tragedy of Henry VII
234
The Emperor Henry VII
235
Better Waters
243
Face of a Glutton in Purgatorio
295
39 Body and Soul
300
The Christian Sibyl
306
41 Who is Matilda?
317
Mosaics Adorning the Tomb of the Countess Matilda
323
Dante and His Patrons
324
43 Prelude to Paradise
334
Beatrice in Heaven
341
45 Propaganda in Paradiso
348
The Emperor Justinian and His Retinue
349
The City Walls
353
47 Justice Unfathomed
359
Figures 1112 Transformations of the Letter M 3601
361
Dante and Monasticism
367
49 The Themes Great Weight
372
Faith Hope and Love
377
5i Hatred in Heaven
384
52 The Creation
389
S3 The Departure of Beatrice
395
Approach to the Final Vision
400
55 The Vision of the Trinity
405
Epilogue
411
Diagram of Inferno
415
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Dante Alighieri (12651321) was born to a noble but impoverished family and achieved immortality with such works as "The Divine Comedy,"

Barbara Reynolds, retired lecturer in Italian at Cambridge University, holds three honorary doctorates. She translated Ariostos "Orlando Furioso" for Penguin Classics and finished Dorothy L. Sayerss translation of Dantes "Paradise" after Sayerss death.

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