Virgil the Blind Guide: Marking the Way Through the Divine Comedy
Virgil the Blind Guide examines the repetition of certain linguistic configurations that have remained hidden because the meanings of the words involved do not relate to Virgil’s competence as guide. Uncovering tropes that have yet to be studied, Howard allows us to see new junctures in the poet’s travels, while highlighting Virgil’s impotence and diminishing his authority as regards other poets, guides, and the demons of Hell’s lower gate. The concealed route revealed by Dante’s figurative signposts establishes Virgil’s traits as foundational to the poem and allows for new perspectives and understandings of this critical character. Using this distinctive strategy, Virgil the Blind Guide helps us to piece together the complex puzzle that is Dante’s pagan guide and suggests new ways of understanding important characters that are applicable to a broad range of poetry and prose.
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Aeneid alcuna guerra ancor non facea angel appears Baptist Barolini Beatrice Beatrice’s Bertran de Born blessed souls blind canto Capaneus Cato Cato’s Celestial Rose ch’i ch’io Christ Christian ciņ circle Commedia condemned soul contrapasso contrast Convivio cozzo Dante and Virgil Dante the pilgrim Dante’s demons descended described donna del ciel Earthly Paradise Eclogue episode essilio facea motto fantolin fiamma formula of repetition further galeotto gate giro in giro God’s Guido Guido Cavalcanti Hell Inferno 14 Inferno 9 journey l’alto labbia Leonardi light Limbo linguistic configuration linguistic pattern lovesickness Lucia mamma martiro Matelda messo Mohammed mother mozzo notes occhi once pagan Paradiso 23 passage pattern of repetition Phlegyas Plutus porta Purgatorio 30 quivi reader reference reminded repeated linguistic response rhyme words Robert Hollander roccia sanza scene Singleton soglia Statius tercet terrace terza rima turned verses Virgil and Dante Virgil’s guiding Virgilian Virgilio