CmLit Final Notes

CmLit Final Notes - Dante's Inferno Epic Poem In Medias Res...

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Dante’s Inferno Epic Poem In Medias Res Invocation of Muse Catalogs Large Cast Extended Similes Tangential Divine Machinery 3 rd person Objective Narration???—does not have objectivity, since it is told in first person (both writer and main character) Hero-Based???—I am not like Paul, I am not like great men, but he IS doing what they are doing Archetypal Hero: a hero who starts going down through hell (downfall), goes back to where he comes from and receives exaltation, then returns (like circle, with line through middle) Why it was called a Divine COMEDY?? Written in vernacular (like Greek comedy—low, crude humor) Happy Ending BUT, does deal with religious issues—merging genres Duality: Will vs. Knowledge Other Notes Church vs. Empire: both necessary to Christianity, but should remain separate Aeneas and Paul are two “heroes” Dante refers to (one reps roman empire as temporary governor, one reps as spiritual governor for church)
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