Week Three ITAL 150
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ITAL 150 Cultural Legacies of Italy WEEK 3 lRead ngs Dante Cantos I and V 0 Sprezzatura Essay on Dante Essay 16 and Sonnets 1 35 61 132 134 31o 365 0 Petrarch s Sonnets for Laura 0 Boccaccio s Decameron 0 Sprezzatura Essay 17 and four tales from Decameron IRR pp 6299 especially 7999 Lecture ctober 13 0 Dante s Divine Comedy current because politics is always a central theme in societies unusual because he was a medieval Christian poet who thought writing about his love was his Christian calling written in Italian which was a daring act because Latin was the mother language at the time Dante was exiled from Florence due to political corruption and he was a part of the white guelfs that support people power and the Pope Dante had reverence for classical antiquity Virgil comes to rescue Dante in Canto 1 Was an epic long poem about a hero s journey written in third person Dante s epic was different because it was written in first person this was made possible because his love Beatrice is a god like gure Was a comedy anything with a happy ending Canto ne 0 Summary he was thinking about something that had already happened he had fear and was lost in the woods He encountered a mountain and starts to climb He sees a leopard lion and she wolf which symbolize obstacles He finally encounters Virgil and acts for help Virgil tells him he can t climb up the mountain he will have to go through hell purgatory and heaven Analysis of Lines 1e21in Canto ne Fear and terror forest and wood I and path road are repeated Diritta Via straight way Incorporates both past and present tenses 0 call gnew Etell Poem of circularity The entire poem of fight on own impossibility 0 Oppositions life and death hill and Valley light and dark Poem contains everything a human cares about it is complex The Diwine Comedy 200 translations in English 0 A new translation comes every 36 months 0 Ballet opera performances on canto manga graphic novels children s books Inferno takes Dante themed novels Video Lecture ctoloer 15th The Divine Comedy A series of firsts 1 epic poem in Italian Vernacular 1 to invent the terza rima Verse form 1 epic poem in the first person 1 systematic attempt to integrate classical antiquity into Christian salvation history 1 systematic attempt to integrate erotic human love with personal salVat1on 1 to compose an encyclopedic portrayal in Verse of the entire worldnatural supernatural and metaphysical 1 to systematize tortures of the damned sins correspond to specific sufferings 1st to systematizeschematize hell separating out the sins The Divine Comedy mnemonic aid La Divina Commedia di Dante by Domenico di Michelino Petrarchis Conzonieres Sprezzotum takes always Tuscan like Dante Born in Florence His father was a Florentine exile Laura was the love of his life Conzoniere 366 poems about Petrarch s love for Laura Collected and studied ancient manuscripts a loyer of classical ant1qu1ty looked for more rel1able cleaner ed1t1ons of manuscripts he suffered for his fame because he was portrayed as weak Palinode retraction of something we did early on in our careers spent all his days fine tuning his poems Poem 310 Summary Everyone is happy in May but he isn t because his love is dead Conzoniere is like a icture mosaic each 366 poem is a piece that makes up Petrarch 1s love for Laura was V1ewed as a weakness contrasting with Dante s high regard for his love Beatrice Sonnet 35 sonnet about solitude he wants to get away because he doesn t want people to see h1m the way he h1s DiS 11SSi 1 etbe1 16111 0 Canto Five page 88107 and 121138 What strategies did Francesca use to gain sympathy Line 126 then I will tell you speaking through my tears Line 102 and how it happened hurts me still Line 93 twisted fate Actions Francesca admits she did Doesn tsays we alot A o pi ii ll 0M ll rn Actions that were done to her Line 136 tremble to place his lips upon my mouth Who and or what is responsible for her sin according to her Line 137 she blames the author and book Does the pilgrim accept reject her Version Line 116 117 Weep in pity for yourpain alsoasks for more information Indirect quotes by Francesca Throughout most of the poem example line 187 that day we did not read another page Repetition of theme words Grief misery loss love longing desire Lecture cther 17th 0 What have we been learning Italian writers In the 14th century there was a majer shift in representatlon both textual and art1st1c 1n eXter1or and 1nter10r world Three main Dante Petrarch Boccaccio all start stories off with a trial Dante personal individual crisis that is also worldly we w1ll eXper1ence 1t Petrarch loVe cannot control or OV I39I1 Very individualist ut collect1Ve because we can al relate to sentiment of ove Boccaccio plague real life issue Dante Francesca symbol of all sinners the first person Dante encountered never said she did anything child like model for other sinners we will encounter in the book we have to look at the sinners story skeptically she believes God is mad at her she is stuck in her story I had lost the path that does not stray later states I had abandoned the true path occaccio 0 Dante s first biggest fan generation later than Dante Decameron the human comedy faces different problem concerned with our social state Introduction inability to understand and human s inability to act to the plague world falls apart highest order were dead one third of Europe s population died of this disease Death on massive scale dissolution cruelty and loss of compassion were repeated Plague brought out the inhuman in people Response to total dissolution was to recreate it through words recreate world through art and representation Good at showing the good the bad and the ugly Decameron the human eye cannot penetrate the secrets of the mind Spiritual Truth we can t know we can know reality First Day Third Story The Italian Renaissance Reader page 93 0 What does the narrator tell us about these characters We are told Neifile was a rich Jew who loans money but also says he is a Very wise man Saladin was a Third crusade character who had lived in a grandeur manner and was now poor asks Neifile a trick question Stops telling description starts to show 0 Question Which of the Three faiths is the best Question is never answered Analogy of not knowin Not what one would expect coming from the age of faith High mnemonic that ins ired Renaissance painting because peop e now wanted to see ow reality actually was
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