13Inf20to24W11 - Cantos 20-24 Prophecy, soothsaying, poetic...

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Unformatted text preview: Cantos 20-24 Prophecy, soothsaying, poetic truth (canto 20) The comedy of the devils (cantos 21-23) Virgils developing character 1 Virgil: poet, vates divinus poeta noster Dante, Convivio II.iii.6 noster vates Dante, Convivio II.iii.12 Vates- originally foreteller, seer, soothsayer, prophet it came to mean poet. Barolini, True and False See-ers 2 The medieval Virgil: sorcerer, necromancer The Bocca della verit in Rome was, according to legend, made by the Latin poet, Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro, 70 BCE - 19 BCE), a man whose real life became confused in the minds of medieval Europeans as one of supernatural powers, rather than the drudgery of writing epic poems. www.wilsonsalmanac.com/virgil.html 3 Self-implication in the sins The present matter touches the author himself, who to some degree took pleasure in astrology and wanted to predict some future things, as appears in this book Benvenuto da Imola, 14th c. commentator on Dante. 4 Virgil in the comedy of devils Comedy Popular, base, obscene, squalid but also a vehicle for truth-telling, prophecy Dante...
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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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13Inf20to24W11 - Cantos 20-24 Prophecy, soothsaying, poetic...

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