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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

[GBM] Wisdom

G. Doré for Poe's Raven

The Judgment of Paris in G. B. Marino's version: Paris promises Juno that he will proclaim her the winner in the beauty contest. But he speaks too early. Minerva also comes and asserts her claims; and more cleverly than Juno-she is the goddess of wisdom, after all-appealing to Paris' qualities, not only her own. 


"You, who own much light in your mind,
you, who esteem valor and courtesy,     from Dante, Purgatorio 16.116
within your wise spirit will examine
all that I am worth, all that I am;
so I cannot but believe that easily
you will make my beauty the winner,
granting me the reverence and right
that I deserve, want, and demand."

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N.B. The posts on Torquato Tasso's 1593 long poem Gerusalemme Conquistata are temporarily suspended because, if we have a look ahead, it becomes clear that the job needs some rethinking. The remaining part of the poem, more or less one third, underwent extended reworking, so that most of the text is completely new, with no parallels in the Gerusalemme Liberata ("Jerusalem Delivered") published in 1581. In order to translate all this into English, a lot of terms and details would need a line-by-line commented edition of GC as a starting point, that is precisely what does NOT exist. Moreover, since Tasso's experimental style in his later works is based on long phrasings, it spoils the effect to choose one stanza at a time (as we awkwardly did in these past weeks); and even worse it would be to simply provide summaries of the episodes. A solution is already taking shape, but we will deal with it next September. For the time being, selected passages from G. B. Marino's Adonis will be posted on both Tuesdays and Fridays. Meanwhile, our free translation of Tasso's poem Il Mondo Creato, called "The 7 Days of CryAction," will keep appearing on Sundays. Many thanks for your attention.