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Unformatted text preview: C ANTO 30 P ARADISE LOST ; P ARADISE REGAINED Virgils disappearance Manibus oh date lilia plenis conosco i segni dellantica fiamma ( agnosco veteris vestigia flammae Aen 6.882) VirgilioVirgilioVirgilio 1 C ANTO 30 P ARADISE LOST ; P ARADISE REGAINED Virgils disappearance nor did everything our ancient mother lost suffice (30.52) 2 E DEN : P ARADISE LOST ; P ARADISE REGAINED Virgils disappearance if you are not weeping, about what do you usually weep? (Ugolino Inf 33.42) Dante, though Virgil depart, do not weep yet, do not weep yet, for you must weep to another sword (Beatrice Pur 30.55-57) 3 E DEN : P ARADISE LOST ; P ARADISE REGAINED For what should we weep? I reply that he understand me who is weeping over there, so that guilt and grief ( duol) may have the same measure (30.106-108) 4 B EATRICE : BRINGER OF HAPPINESS Moment of the lovers reunion coincides with the moment of loss (of Virgil). Celebrated with a refrain from perhaps the saddest moment in Virgils poem (Give lilies with full hands). How can loss be also happy? Felix culpa (happy fall) 5 E DEN : P ARADISE LOST ; P ARADISE REGAINED Truly I am, truly I am Beatrice (30.73) Who is Beatrice? 6 B EATRICE : BRINGER OF HAPPINESS 7 B EATRICE : BRINGER OF HAPPINESS In the Vita nuova ( ch. 18), a group of ladies ask Dante: Why do you love this lady of yours, if you are unable to endure the sight of her? Tell us, for surely the goal of such a love must be strange indeed. 8 B EATRICE : BRINGER OF HAPPINESS Dante responds: Ladies, the goal of my love once consisted in receiving the greeting of this lady to whom you are, perhaps, referring, and in this greeting rested the bliss which was the goal of all my desires. But since it pleased her to deny it to me, my lord, Love, through his grace, has placed all my bliss in something that cannot fail me. Vita nuova, ch. 18 9 B EATRICE : BRINGER OF HAPPINESS The one who had first addressed me spoke to me again, saying: We beg you to tell us where this bliss of yours now rests. And I answered: In those words that praise my...
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