Monthly Archives: November 2016

Canto 33: The Love That Moves the Sun and the Other Stars

By Aaron James Claudio Monteverdi’s 1643 opera The Coronation of Poppea portrays a civilization ruled by a very different kind of love than Dante encounters at the culmination of the Paradiso. Set in first-century Rome, Poppea recounts the reign of

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Canto 31: Earthly Diversity Come to its Fulfillment in the Heavenly Rose

By Sebastian Mahfood In Canto 31 of the Paradiso, Dante’s understanding of the structure of the rose strengthens as he notices that there are two celestial soldieries of the Church Triumphant present before him—the first is seated and includes all

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Canto 29: Heavenly Messengers

By David Wallace With “her eyes fixed / upon the Point whose light [Dante’s] eyes could not bear,” Beatrice explains to the Pilgrim the nature and origin of the angelic hosts of Heaven [line 9]. She perceives Dante’s desire for

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Canto 28: The Eyes of Our Hearts and the Powers of Heaven

By David Wallace With the help of Beatrice the Pilgrim Dante now sees the physical universe from a spiritual point of view. Seeing through each of the celestial spheres, Dante beholds the “Pure Spark of Being” on which depends “all

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Canto 27: Remembering Heaven on Earth

By Colleen Trevissani As Canto 27 opens, we find Dante enjoying the rapturous tones of a celestial choir singing glory to the Holy Trinity. The heavenly song fills him with a joy and bliss that is inebriating. His head is

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