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The ancient flame : Dante and the poets / Winthrop Wetherbee.

By: Wetherbee, Winthrop, 1938-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: William and Katherine Devers series in Dante studies: Publisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, c2008Description: xi, 304 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780268044121 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0268044120 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 -- Criticism and interpretation | Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 -- Knowledge -- LiteratureDDC classification: 851/.1
Contents:
Dante and classical poetry -- Vergil in the inferno -- Lucan and Vergil: judgment and poetic authority in Dis -- Cato's grotto -- Ovid and Vergil in purgatory -- Statius -- Lust, poetry, and the earthly paradise -- Paradiso.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-290) and indexes.

Dante and classical poetry -- Vergil in the inferno -- Lucan and Vergil: judgment and poetic authority in Dis -- Cato's grotto -- Ovid and Vergil in purgatory -- Statius -- Lust, poetry, and the earthly paradise -- Paradiso.

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The question of Dante's relationship to the classical epic tradition might seem to have been done to death in recent years--thanks above all to a steady stream of major studies, mostly by American scholars, that began in 1984 with Teodolinda Barolini's ground-breaking Dante's Poets (CH, Mar'85)--but this excellent book shows that there is life aplenty in the subject yet. A well-known scholar of classical and medieval Latin poetry, Wetherbee (Cornell Univ.) brings his enormous expertise in that field to bear on Dante's Commedia, with consistently original and thought-provoking results. Successive chapters deal with Vergil in Inferno, Lucan, "Cato's grotto," "Ovid and Vergil in purgatory," Statius, "lust, poetry and the earthly paradise," and, perhaps most valuable of all--for the corrective it offers to traditional underestimation of classical culture's importance in the third cantica--Paradiso. Learned, readable, genuinely and profoundly humane, these readings succeed admirably in attaining their author's stated goal of showing "the extent to which [Dante's] gradual discovery of his own mission as a vernacular poet depended on a close and attentive reading of his Latin models." This will be a valuable resource for those interested in classical, medieval, and comparative literature as well as Italian studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. S. Botterill University of California, Berkeley

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Winthrop Wetherbee is Professor of English and Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Cornell University.

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