Metaphor in Dante

Metaphor in Dante

by David Gibbons
     
 

ISBN-10: 1900755637

ISBN-13: 9781900755634

Pub. Date: 01/01/2003

Publisher: Legenda

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781900755634
Publisher:
Legenda
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Series:
Legenda Main Series
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. IMetaphor: From Theory to Practice
1Defining Metaphor: Problems and Issues9
2Metaphor in the Early Italian Lyric and Dante's Lyric Poems21
Pt. IIA Study of Dante's Paradiso
3Metaphor from the Inferno and Purgatorio to the Paradiso39
4The Metaphorical Word58
5Dante's Celestial 'Grammar' of Metaphor81
6Metaphor and Rhyme: A Reading of Paradiso 2899
Pt. IIIReading Metaphor in Dante
7Dante's Metaphors and the Model Reader119
8An Exegetical Response: The Trecento Commentators134
9A Poetic Response: Petrarch's Rerum vulgarium fragmenta155
Bibliography179
Index of Names201
Index of Longer Quotations from 'Paradiso'207

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