31Par3to7W11b - PARADISO THEMES Light Physical light...

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P ARADISO THEMES Light Physical light Metaphysical light Means of transport (now that we can fly) Love God, by being desired, turns the cosmos The gravity of love Diversity The order among things is what makes the universe resemble God The spots on the moon are not defects, but diversities Representation Things and images of things Signs and the things they signify 1
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A PROBLEM OF REPRESENTATION Why should paradise be hard to represent? 2
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A PROBLEM OF REPRESENTATION Why should paradise be hard to represent? Undifferentiated, all-at-once 3
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D IVERSITY EPRESENTATION Nuances of transparency, luminosity As through clear and polished glass, or else through waters pure and tranquil and not so deep that their bottom is hidden. .. Quali per vetri trasparenti e tersi o ver per acque nitide e tranquille, non sì profonde che i fondi sien persi… 3.10-18 4
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D IVERSITY EPRESENTATION Tornan dei nostri visi le postille : The footnotes of our faces 5
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D IVERSITY EPRESENTATION A pearl on a white forehead is no fainter to our sight Debili sì, che perla in bianca fronte Non vien men forte alle nostre pupille (3.14-15) 6
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I MAGES AND R EALITY Per ch’io dentro a l’error contrario corsi A quel ch’accese amor tra l’omo e ‘l fonte I fell into the error contrary to the one that kindled love between the man and the fountain (3.17-20) 7
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R EFLECTED IMAGES Image/reality. Love Mirroring 8
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H EAVEN OF THE M OON : INCONSTANCY La spera più tarda 3.51 Did not keep their vows (3.30), deficient, remiss (3.56-57) 9
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H EAVEN OF THE M OON : P ICCARDA D ONATI (Forese, Corso) Cf. Francesca (3.43) mi rapiron (107) ma dimmi (64) Cf. the Siren appaga vaga smaga (3.32-36) 10
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H EAVEN OF THE M OON : A GAINST OUR WILL Piccarda mi rapiron (3.107) Costanza contra suo grado (3.116) 11
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B UT HOW CAN YOU BE HAPPY ON THE LOWER RUNGS OF P ARADISE ? Dante’s question 3.64-66 “Ma dimmi” “But tell me, do you desire a higher place?” Happiness means wanting what God wants. Delight in being formed by its ordering (3.54) To desire what one has (3.70-73) Desires concordant with God’s will (3.73-775 Anzi è formale (3.79) 12
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B UT HOW CAN YOU BE HAPPY ON THE LOWER RUNGS OF P ARADISE ? Anzi è formale (3.79) No, it is the very essence Indeed, it is constitutive of this blessed esse . That is, like moonspots, it is a difference that is still perfect and complete -- not defective 13
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B UT HOW CAN YOU BE HAPPY ON THE LOWER RUNGS OF P ARADISE ? And in his will is our peace (3.85) He is that sea to which all moves. (3.85-6) 14
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B UT HOW CAN YOU BE HAPPY ON THE LOWER RUNGS OF P ARADISE ? How can they be different but fully happy?
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2011 for the course ITALIAN 333 taught by Professor Cornish during the Winter '11 term at University of Michigan.

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