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Friday, July 7, 2017

[GBM] La noche oscura del alma

by ilTM + Selkis

The Judgment of Paris in G. B. Marino's version: Paris, in his first reply to Mercury, declares himself unsuited to choose the most beautiful goddess among Juno, Minerva, and Venus. In a typical (in the Renaissance, and especially in Marino's poetry) blend of classical mythology and modern theology, Paris' words echo a basic topic of mysticism. The link between pre-Christian thought and Christian teaching was, already in the New Testament, Platonic and Neoplatonic philosophy; Marino however reuses all this in a context of eroticism.


"How might the excellent, the full
perfection of Beauty be recognized
by a man who, in addition to his
earthly veil, lives in this green darkness     the woods in Phrygia
where, of its serene light, nothing but     its = Beauty's
an obscure shadow can be glimpsed?
I do feel and confess myself unable
to test the excess of such extremes."