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Reading Dante : From Here to Eternity

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Prue Shaw is one of the world's foremost authorities on Dante. Written with the general reader in mind, Reading Dante brings her knowledge to bear in an accessible yet expert introduction to his great poem. This is far more than an exegesis of Dante s three-part Commedia. Shaw communicates the imaginative power, the linguistic skill and the emotional intensity of Dante s poetry the qualities that make the Commedia perhaps the greatest literary work of all time and not simply a medieval treatise on morality and religion. The book provides a graphic account of the complicated geography of Dante's version of the afterlife and a sure guide to thirteenth-century Florence and the people and places that influenced him. At the same time it offers a literary experience that lifts the reader into the universal realms of poetry and mythology, creating links not only to the classical world of Virgil and Ovid but also to modern art and poetry, the world of T. S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney and many others. Dante's questions are our questions: What is it to be a human being? How should we judge human behavior? What matters in life and in death? Reading Dante helps the reader to understand Dante s answers to these timeless questions and to see how surprisingly close they sometimes are to modern answers. Reading Dante is an astonishingly lyrical work that will appeal to both those who ve never read the Commedia and those who have. It underscores Dante's belief that poetry can change human lives.

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Lyons Public Library 851.1 SHA (Text)
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1001 . ‡aShaw, Prue.
24510. ‡aReading Dante : ‡bFrom Here to Eternity / ‡cPrue Shaw.
250 . ‡aFirst edition.
264 1. ‡aNew York : ‡bLiveright Publishing Corporation, ‡c2014.
300 . ‡a318 pages : ‡billustrations, facsimiles, photographs ; ‡c24 cm.
336 . ‡atext ‡2rdacontent
337 . ‡aunmediated ‡2rdamedia
338 . ‡avolume ‡2rdacarrier
504 . ‡aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
5050 . ‡aFriendship -- Power -- Life -- Love -- Time -- Numbers -- Words.
520 . ‡aPrue Shaw is one of the world's foremost authorities on Dante. Written with the general reader in mind, Reading Dante brings her knowledge to bear in an accessible yet expert introduction to his great poem. This is far more than an exegesis of Dante s three-part Commedia. Shaw communicates the imaginative power, the linguistic skill and the emotional intensity of Dante s poetry the qualities that make the Commedia perhaps the greatest literary work of all time and not simply a medieval treatise on morality and religion. The book provides a graphic account of the complicated geography of Dante's version of the afterlife and a sure guide to thirteenth-century Florence and the people and places that influenced him. At the same time it offers a literary experience that lifts the reader into the universal realms of poetry and mythology, creating links not only to the classical world of Virgil and Ovid but also to modern art and poetry, the world of T. S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney and many others. Dante's questions are our questions: What is it to be a human being? How should we judge human behavior? What matters in life and in death? Reading Dante helps the reader to understand Dante s answers to these timeless questions and to see how surprisingly close they sometimes are to modern answers. Reading Dante is an astonishingly lyrical work that will appeal to both those who ve never read the Commedia and those who have. It underscores Dante's belief that poetry can change human lives.
60000. ‡aDante Alighieri, ‡d1265-1321 ‡xCriticism and interpretation.
650 0. ‡aCriticism.
650 7. ‡aLITERARY CRITICISM / European / Italian.
650 7. ‡aLITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry.
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