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Unformatted text preview: B ODY AND S OUL : P EOPLE AND P OETRY Purgatorio 22-26 1 C ANTOS 22-23: G LUTTONY the upside down tree (22.131-138) Voices in the tree You shall not eat this food (22.141) Of the tree of knowledge thou shalt not eat (Gen 2.17) Marys mouth (22.142) Mary thought more about how the wedding could be made honorable and complete than about her mouth, which now answers for you. The ancient Roman women were content with water for their drink (22.145-6) Daniel scorned food but acquired knowledge (22.146-7) The Golden Age of the pagans (Ovids Metamorphoses ) 22.148-150 Simplicity John of Baptist 22.151-154 2 C ANTOS 22-23: G LUTTONY the upside down tree 22.131-138 Marys mouth 22.144 Bocca : intersection of body & soul Labia mea, Domine 23.11 Part of the Miserere (Psalm 50): O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise Speech that gives birth to delight and pain Tal che diletto e doglia parture (23.12) 3 T HE FACE OF DEATH Each was dark and hollow about the eyes, with faces pallid and so wasted that the skin took its shape from the bones (23.22-24) I do not think that Erysichthon was so dried up into his outer rind by fasting (23.25-27) 4 E RYSICHTHON : SELF- EATING At last, when the strength of the plague had consumed all these provisions, and but added to his fatal malady, the wretched man began to tear his own flesh with his greedy teeth and, by consuming his own body, fed himself Ovid, Metamorphoses VIII.875-78 5 M ARY-- WHO ? Behold the people who lost Jerusalem, when Mary put her beak into her son. ( Purgatorio 23.29-30) Mary thought more about how the wedding could be made honorable and complete than about her own mouth, which now answers for you (22.142-3) 6 C ANNIBALISM Mary put her beak in her son 23.30 A certain noble and wealthy woman named Mary [] Hunger and anger -- poor advisers indeed -- drove her to sin against nature itself []. Come my son, be food for your mother. [] When she had said this, she strangled the child and with her teeth bit into this body and put it aside. The soldiers, excited by the odor of meat, threatened her with death unless she gave them some of the food they had smelled. [] 7 C ANNIBALISM Mary put her beak in her son 23.30 [] Depraved as they were, they were horrified at the sight, nor could they utter a word, silenced by natural pity. She, with a look on her face far crueler than any murderer, said to them: He is my son, the fruit of my womb, my sin; come, eat some of him, for I have already eaten, I who gave birth to him. Surely you are not going to be more merciful than a mother, softer than a woman!...
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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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