Metaphor in Dante

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  • Copyright: 2016-08-11
  • Publisher: Routledge

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In the sixteenth century, when Dante's critical fortunes were at their lowest ebb, his use of metaphor was still considered remarkable enough to describe him as 'poeta metaforicissimo'. David Gibbons's book, which takes its fide from this epithet, seeks to account for the specifically Dantean nature of that genius which Aristotle said was the mark of those who used metaphor well. Probing first the relationship between theory and practice, Gibbons offers a working definition of metaphor based on those available to the poet himself, and looks at Dante's earliest metaphorical efforts in his lyric poetry. The heart of the book is an analysis of metaphor in the Paradiso, by common consent the most metaphorical poetry Dante ever wrote.

Author Biography

David Gibbons was British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of Edinburgh 1997-2001.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
List of Abbreviationsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Metaphor: From Theory to Practice
Defining Metaphor: Problems and Issuesp. 9
Metaphor in the Early Italian Lyric and Dante's Lyric Poemsp. 21
A Study of Dante's Paradiso
Metaphor from the Inferno and Purgatorio to the Paradisop. 39
The Metaphorical Wordp. 58
Dante's Celestial 'Grammar' of Metaphorp. 81
Metaphor and Rhyme: A Reading of Paradiso 28p. 99
Reading Metaphor in Dante
Dante's Metaphors and the Model Readerp. 119
An Exegetical Response: The Trecento Commentatorsp. 134
A Poetic Response: Petrarch's Rerum vulgarium fragmentap. 155
Bibliographyp. 179
Index of Namesp. 201
Index of Longer Quotations from 'Paradiso"p. 207
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