Lecture 2 Slides - Vita Nuova

Lecture 2 Slides - Vita Nuova - Vita Nuova Dantes Vita...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style Vita Nuova Dante’s Vita Nuova (New Life) is a youthful prose composition written to give meaning to the lyrics he had previously written for Beatrice. Lyrics: Sonnets, Songs, Madrigals, Ballads Structure of the sonnet : 14 eleven-syllable lines divided into four stanzas, two quatrains and two tercets. Canzone (Ode): it is composed by several stanzas which share the same rhyme pattern. It has a combination of 11-syllable and 7-syllable lines to create a musical rhythm. The Envoy (conclusion) is shorter and maintains the rhyme structure of the last lines of the stanzas.
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Patterns of the Vita Nuova Major theme : Death , specifically the death and glorification of Beatrice . Protagonist of the book is Dante himself. The book was written to analyze his thoughts and feelings, and to make sense of what was happening to him. Vita Nuova has 42 chapters: 2/3 contains poems. Relationship between poems and prose: two types: 1) the experience itself is given in the poem and re-narrated in the prose, and 2) the prose narrates the emotions inspired by the experience of the poems. Some poems present a “vision” (III, IX, XXIII, XXIV), or a mood (XIII, XV, XVI, XXXV-XXXIX). Other poems are not based on events, but are the fulfillment of a desire or a request; some are programmatic: e.g. to define the nature of Love or the effect of Beatrice’s presence among the people.
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Mathematical Patterns : Recurrent motive: the recurrence of the number 9 (22 times). Numerological- mystical meaning: root of 9 is 3, and 3 is the Trinity of God; therefore, 9 made by 3 x 3 represents a God-like essence: the miracle of God . Love is seen (XII) as the center of a circle, equidistant from all points of its circumference. Symmetrical distributions of the poems : First canzone (long poem) is preceded by ten short poems. Last canzone is followed by ten short poems The central poem is a canzone (long poem). It is preceded and followed by four short poems This arrangement creates the followed pattern: 10 / I / 4 / II / 4 / /III / 10 The central section 4 / II / 4 adds up to the number 9 - Beatrice’s mystical number , and is found in the central section of the book.
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Role of the author : He copies the story as he reads it in his book of memory , but then he states that he won’t tell what he finds, but only its meaning (Chapter 1). Example: When Beatrice dies, he won’t give any detail, but only what her death means (its mystic implication) – XXIX. However, her death had already symbolically occurred in a dream vision containing apocalyptic images (chapter XXIII). Developmental stages of his love for Beatrice
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