By Guy P. Raffa

In this e-book, man Raffa deals a clean analyzing of Dante's significant literary works - the Divine Comedy and the Vita nuova - that mixes primary tenets of incarnational theology and dialectical idea to light up the poet's popular skill to 'have it either methods' on matters that conventionally elicit an 'either/or' reaction. Viewing Dante as a poet of revision, now not conversion, Raffa demanding situations a dominant paradigm in Dante feedback and takes complete account of the poet's unconventional method of such traditional dichotomies as eros and spirituality, status and humility, motion and contemplation, and obedience and transgression. Divine Dialectic finally argues that Dante crosses textual and theological obstacles in his medieval epic to advertise the paradoxical union of contradiction and determination as a manner of interpreting his poem and, by way of extension, the realm itself.

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17 In the famous fresco cycle in Padua's Arena Chapel (c. 1306), Giotto breaks with tradition by 'decentring' important thematic moments within the total pictorial space. In the words of one art historian, '[t]he traditional location of the most important action in a painting before Giotto's time was the very center of the composition, but Giotto often shifts the action. ' 1 The painter must therefore devise alternative methods to direct the viewer's eyes to the otherwise central actions. This is accomplished in The Meeting of the Golden Gate with a framing technique: a group of women on the right and a man on the left spatially enclose the embrace of Joachim and Anna.

By having a different member of the duo declare their unity of purpose in such strong terms at critical junctures of the journey, the poet foregrounds the coincidence of sameness and difference that inheres in both the joint enterprise of the two travellers and the Incarnation itself. 144). Virgil paid dearly for not heeding his companion's warnings. Only when it was clear that the Malebranche indeed meant to harm the travellers did he act, more out of instinct than reason. 43-5). Having barely averted a disaster largely of his own making, Virgil now figuratively mends his relationship with Dante by helping him up the rocky slope - made by the broken bridge - leading out of the sixth bolgia.

The canzone is the poet's response to the request of Beatrice's brother - the poet's second closest friend - for a poem expressing this man's grief over Beatrice's death. 2). The two stanzas are therefore in the respective voices of Beatrice's brother and the poet, even though they would appear upon casual inspection - 'a chi non guarda sottilmente' [to whoever does not look carefully] - to be dictated by a single person. The attentive reader, according to the prose narrative, can see that the two stanzas present different poetic voices because the woman, Beatrice, is referred to as 'la Divisive Dialectic: Incarnational Failure and Parody 33 donna' in one stanza and 'la donna mia' in the other.

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