Metaphor in Dante

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In the sixteenth century, when Dante's critical fortunes were at their lowest ebb, his use of metaphor was still considered remarkable enough to describe him as a 'poeta metaforcissimo'. David Gibbon's book, which takes its title from this epithet, seeks to account for the specifically Dantean nature of that genius which Aristotle said was the mark of those who used the metaphor well. Probing first the relationship between theory and practice, Gibbons offers a working definition of metaphor based on those available to the poet himself , and looks at Dante's earliest metaphorical efforts in his lyric poetry. The heart of thos book is an analysis of the metaphor in the Paradiso, by common consent the most metaphorical poetry Dante ever wrote.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900755634
  • Publisher: Legenda
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Legenda Main Series
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. I Metaphor: From Theory to Practice
1 Defining Metaphor: Problems and Issues 9
2 Metaphor in the Early Italian Lyric and Dante's Lyric Poems 21
Pt. II A Study of Dante's Paradiso
3 Metaphor from the Inferno and Purgatorio to the Paradiso 39
4 The Metaphorical Word 58
5 Dante's Celestial 'Grammar' of Metaphor 81
6 Metaphor and Rhyme: A Reading of Paradiso 28 99
Pt. III Reading Metaphor in Dante
7 Dante's Metaphors and the Model Reader 119
8 An Exegetical Response: The Trecento Commentators 134
9 A Poetic Response: Petrarch's Rerum vulgarium fragmenta 155
Bibliography 179
Index of Names 201
Index of Longer Quotations from 'Paradiso' 207
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