The Problem of Theophany in Paradiso 33

The Problem of Theophany in Paradiso 33 Chapter 5 The Problem of Theophany in Paradiso 331 Saint Xavier University Now to discover the poet and father of this all is quite a task, and even if one discovered him, to speak of him to all men is impossible. . . . But if we provide likelihoods [] inferior to none, one should be well pleased with them, remembering that I who speak as well as you my judges have a human nature, so that it is fitting for us to receive the likely story [ ] about these things and not to search further for anything beyond it. Plato, Timaeus2 In the first of the Paradiso's direct addresses to its readers,3 Dante offers a warning that seems to recall the one that Ulysses failed to acknowledge as he left behind the confines of the Mediterranean Ocean to set out on the final, "folle volo" ["mad flight"]4 that Dante invented for him in Inferno 26: O voi che siete in piccioletta barca, desiderosi d'ascoltar, seguiti dietro al mio legno che cantando varca, tornate a riveder li vostri liti: non vi mettete in pelago, ché forse, perdendo me, rimarreste smarriti. L'acqua ch'io prendo già mai non si http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Essays in Medieval Studies West Virginia University Press

The Problem of Theophany in Paradiso 33

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