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E DEN : P ARADISE ON EARTH Purgatorio 26-30 1
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C ANTO 26 (L UST ) B ODIES , REAL AND FICTIONAL P OETIC FATHERS Shadow-bodies My shadow was making the flame seem ruddier 7 Not a fictional body 12 colui non par corpo fittizio Dante’s body, blood and joints 26.57, vera carne 23.123 A wall for the sun 22 2
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C ANTO 26 (L UST ) M EETING WITH G UIDO G UINIZELLI Two circles, like ants: so in their dark ranks the ants nuzzle each other, perhaps to spy out their path and their luck forse a spïar lor via e lor fortuna (34-35) There on both sides I see each soul make haste, and each one kiss another, without stopping, contented with brief greetings Lì veggio d’ogne parte farsi presta Ciascun’ ombra e basciarsi una con una Sanza restar, contente a brieve festa (31-33) 3
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C ANTO 26 (L UST ) E QUALITY OF HOMOSEXUALITY AND HETEROSEXUALITY Two circles -- like two-way traffic of migrating birds (43-45) making haste to kiss each other briefly One group shouts “Sodom and Gomorra!” (40) The other shouts “Into the cow goes Pasiphae!” (41) (which one is perverse?) 4
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C ANTO 26 (L UST ) E QUALITY OF HOMOSEXUALITY AND HETEROSEXUALITY 1. Those who are not coming with us committed the offense for which Caesar, in his triumph, once heard himself reproached as ‘Queen’ (76-78) 2. Our sin was hermaphrodite; we did not observe human law (82-83) (which one is perverse?) 5
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G UIDO G UINIZELLI A lawyer, a Guelf, an exile, d. 1276 “best” Italian poet Love poet Al cor gentil rempaira sempre amore (Love always repairs to the gentle heart) Amor ch’al cor gentil ratto s’apprende (Love is quickly kindled in the gentle heart) 6
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C ANTO 26 (L UST ) P OETIC PROCREATION Guido Guinizelli Like a mother Such as in Lycurgus’ grief the two sons became, seeing their mother again: so did I become … (94-96) Like a father When I hear our father name himself, the father of me and of the others, my betters, who ever used sweet and graceful rhymes of love (97-99) 7
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C ANTO 26 (L UST ) M EETING WITH G UIDO G UINIZELLI Relation of poetry to the human condition of body/soul Writing 26.64 I may rule paper for it still You leave such a vestige 26.106
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