Piero Boitani: Images of Nature in Dante's Commedia

Pietro Boitani, University of Rome
Pietro Boitani, University of Rome
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Dante Lecture
Friday, September 12, 2008

Reading Dante’s poem, one is struck by the natural images used, from the wood at the beginning to the sun and stars at the very end. Does Dante employ a “method” with these images? What do they mean? And does their meaning change from Inferno to Purgatorio and Paradiso? This lecture will address these questions by tackling some of the nature images in the Commedia: forest, sun and stars, sea, leaves, and snow. Ruskin’s “pathetic fallacy” and Calvino’s “lightness” will be recalled to frame the discussion.

Learn more about the speaker: Pietro Boitani, University of Rome

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