17Inf32to34W11 - The bottom of Hell Dysfunctional families,...

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The bottom of Hell • Dysfunctional families, violence against children • Desperate, mad parents – Ecuba 30.16-21 • Biting Fesh – Gianni Schicchi, Myrrha 30.25-36 1
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The bottom of Hell is … • Unspeakable (32.1-12) s’io avessi le rime aspre e chiocce • Not for babes che ancor chiama mamma e babbo • A sad hole: Tristo buco (32.2) , tristo sacco (28.26): a sad sight. Horrible and pathetic. • Song that built Thebes (32.10-12) • Frozen (32.37-52) • Brothers frozen in hatred 32.40-63 2
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The bottom of Hell is … • Where fame has no currency. – Bocca 32.76f • Where it is courtesy to treat people boorishly 32.19-21; 33.148-150 • Where we meet Ugolino 32.124f – As bread is eaten for hunger – Tydeus – Bestial sign – Bocca 3
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Ugolino • Caina, Antenora, Ptolomea 4
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Ugolino (cantos 32-33) Unspeakability Aeneas to Dido ( Aeneid Bk 2) Infandum regina iubes renovare dolorem Unspeakable o queen you ask to renew sorrow Ugolino to Dante ( Inferno 33.4-5) Disperato tu vuo’ ch’io rinovelli dolore Desperate you ask that I renew sorrow Cf. Francesca (5.121-123) Nessun maggior dolore / che ricordarsi del tempo felice/ nella miseria There is no greater pain than to remember the happy time in wretchedness 5
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Ugolino • Archbishop Ruggieri • Fame/Infamy • Words as seeds • Hunger for another’s infamy, his neighbor’s harm • The neighborhood ( tal vicino ) 6
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Ugolino What it is needful to tell: dir non è mestieri
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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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17Inf32to34W11 - The bottom of Hell Dysfunctional families,...

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