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Dante's Paradiso and the Limitations of Modern Criticism

Dante's Paradiso and the Limitations of Modern Criticism
A Study of Style and Poetic Theory

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  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521157568

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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.

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521157568
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    Note on the translation
    Introduction
    1. The 'modest voice' and the Paradiso
    2. Dante's conception of poetic discipline
    3. The stable phrase
    4. Independence and the reader of the Paradiso
    5. Word and image in the Paradiso
    6. The organisation of the canto in the Paradiso
    Conclusion
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Cantos of the Commedia cited in text
    Index of names
    Index of topics.

  • Author

    Robin Kirkpatrick, University College Dublin

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