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Dante's Heavens; A Study of the Paradiso (Paperback) Loot Price: R442
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Dante's Heavens; A Study of the Paradiso (Paperback): Edmund Garratt Gardner

Dante's Heavens; A Study of the Paradiso (Paperback)

Edmund Garratt Gardner

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... himself, endowed with the prophetic spirit, and who, like Dante, under cover of this prophetic spirit fearlessly assailed corruption in high places. The thirteenth Canto opens with another of those strange celestial dances and songs, which move tho admiration of Dante's earlier commentators. Imagine twenty-four of the brightest stars that adorn the Firmament to be formed into two constellations, each composed of twelve stars disposed circlewise, and to be thus whirling round a fixed pole in two concentric circles, but in opposite directions, and a faint notion will be obtained of this heavenly phenomenon. Benvenuto waxes enthusiastic over it, and a more modern commentator has quoted it as an instance of Dante's teaching as to the proper use of the imagination. Be this as it may, these illustrations ever afford the poet opportunities for exquisite transcripts from nature, above all from the evervarying pageantry of the heavens: "Can I not from any corner of the earth behold the sun and the stars ?"--that famous letter had said, still usually ascribed to him, in which the amnesty is so scornfully refused. The song of these doctors is upon the mysteries of the Blessed Trinity and the union of the Divine and the Human Natures in the Person of the Word. Although to comprehend these mysteries in a lesser degree was also the beatitude of the spirits within the earth's shadow, it is not until that shadow has been surmounted that this is so clearly indicated. Dante's difficulty concerning the wisdom of Solomon is now solved. It seems to the poet that what had been said in the tenth Canto, followiug the words of the Scriptures, implies that the wisdom of Solomon was greater than that of Adam before and Christ afterwards; and, since Adam and the humanity of Christ were cre...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Edmund Garratt Gardner
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 92
ISBN-13: 978-1-151-08269-5
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-151-08269-4
Barcode: 9781151082695

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