Dante Alighieri, 2nd Edition (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Harold Bloom

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And so it appears that, on the basis of the desire for knowledge, knowledge itself is not to be called imperfect, as riches instead are to be called on the basis of the desire for riches, as the question posed; for in the desire for knowledge successively our desires conclude and come to perfection, and in desiring riches this does not happen. (Conv. 15, Dante invokes the miser to explain what the seeker after knowledge is not; the miser is doomed to failure, since, by pursuing the unattainable, he desires always to desire: “e in questo errore cade l’avaro maladetto, e non s’accorge che desidera sé sempre desiderare, andando dietro al numero impossibile a giugnere” (“and into this error falls the accursed miser, and he does not realize that he desires himself always to desire, going after a number impossible to reach” [Conv.

And what is the root cause of trapassare oltre? What caused both Ulysses and Eve to ignore the interdicts they encountered? According to the analysis of human motivation provided by the second canticle, they were spurred by twisted love, by misshapen desire—by variants of the desire felt so keenly and underscored so emphatically on the terrace of gluttony, as the souls gather around the graft from the tree “that was bitten by Eve”: Vidi gente sott’esso alzar le mani e gridar non so che verso le fronde, quasi bramosi fantolini e vani che pregano, e ’l pregato non risponde, ma, per fare esser ben la voglia acuta, tien alto lor disio e nol nasconde.

T eodolinda B arolini Purgatory as Paradigm: Traveling the New and Never-Before-Traveled Path of This Life/Poem Fr. Nulla me deinceps accusatione turbaveris. Dic ingenue quicquid est, quod me transversum agat. Aug. Rerum temporalium appetitus. T (Petrarch, Secretum) he narrative of the Commedia is a line intersected by other lines; it is a “vedere interciso da novo obietto,” a seeing interrupted by new things, the novi obietti or cose nove that do not trouble angels. It is a voyage intersected by other voyages; each time the pilgrim meets a soul, his lifeline intersects another lifeline.

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