34Par14to17W11 - FLESH AND BLOOD 1 Meeting with the father(Paradiso 14-18 THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FLESH Form/matter Spiritual meaning/literal meaning

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F LESH AND BLOOD Meeting with the father (Paradiso 14-18) 1
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T HE IMPORTANCE OF THE FLESH Form/matter Spiritual meaning/literal meaning Soul/body If the form is what counts, what about the matter -- what about this flesh? L’ultimo sigillo, / che le sue membra due anni portarno There Francis took from Christ the final seal, and on his limbs for two years bore that sign Paradiso 11.107-108 2
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T HREE SEALS 1. verbal, from Innocent primo sigillo (Pd 11.91-94 2. written, through Honorius by the Eternal Spirit seconda corona (11. 97-99) 3. on the flesh, from Christ directly (11.108) 3
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T HE IMPORTANCE OF THE FLESH Waiting for the Resurrection These really happy people still want their bodies back So swift and eager were both choruses to say ‘Amen’ that they well showed their desire for their dead bodies, perhaps not for themselves alone, but for their mamas, for their fathers, and for the others who were dear before they became sempiternal flames. E l’uno e l’altro coro a dicer ‘Amme!’ Che ben mostrar disio d’i corpi morti Forse non pur per lor, ma pe le mamme, Per li padri e per li altri che fuor cari Anzi che fosser sempiterne fiamme Paradiso 14.61-66 4
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H EAVEN OF THE S UN WHY MARRIAGE ? Emphasis on connection between heaven and earth Up there and down here: Those idiotic strivings of the human mind ( O insensata cura de’ mortali )11.1-12. The link of time (while I quando ). Astronomical wheels, clock wheels (canto 10); wheels in the head (canto 13) Solomon, the 5th light 13.47; regal prudence 13.97-103 The wax of the world; the seal of nature. Nature is an artist with a trembling hand (13.78) 5
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C ACCIAGUIDA EPISODE : Canto 14.80-108 Ascent to Mars Importance of the flesh Meeting with the father Dante’s mission 6
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M ARS , GOD OF WAR … or music? “And as viol and harp, stretched and tuned, make a sweet tintinnus of many strings to one who cannot distinguish the melody: so from the lights that appeared to me, I heard along the cross a melody that ravished me, though I could not grasp the hymn” (14.118-123) God’s guitar: quella dolce lira… le sante corde/ che la destra del cielo allenta e tira 14.4-6 7
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M ARK ON THE SKY Mosaic, Archbishop Andrea’s palace chapel, Ravenna. ca. 494-519 8
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M ARK ON THE SKY : So those rays, arranged in the depths of Mars, made the venerable sign formed by the joining of the quadrants of a circle. Pd 14.100-102 Sant’ Apollinare in Classe basilica, apse basin mosaic, Ravenna, 549 A.D 9
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M ARK ON THE SKY : T HE M ILKY W AY Galassia sì, che fa dubbiar ben saggi The Milky Way, making even sages wonder how and why Pd 14.97-99 • only visible celestial circle; crosses the poles of Dante’s universe • a sign made up of smaller particles ( distinta da minori e maggi/ lumi), constellated ( costellati ) Pd. 14.97, 100 11
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• Scipio and the Milky Way – Dream of Scipio (end of Cicero’s Republic ) known to the Middle Ages in Macrobius’ commentary. – Scipio, Roman military hero, dreams he rose up
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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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34Par14to17W11 - FLESH AND BLOOD 1 Meeting with the father(Paradiso 14-18 THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FLESH Form/matter Spiritual meaning/literal meaning

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