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Friday, September 15, 2017

[GBM] Triple sun-bathing


The Judgment of Paris in G. B. Marino's version: The judge's reaction to the divine lap dance show. The vision of three suns recalls some natural/psychological phenomena already described by ancient authors, but also implies a mischievous reuse of Christian imagery (see e.g. Dante, Paradiso 33.76-78, 100-102, 112-117; Torquato Tasso, Il Mondo Creato / The 7 Days of CryAction 1.12, here).

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Paris himself in those extreme joys 
cannot live, no, except via his eyes.     but see lines below
Such an excess of light, he, shocked, fears
it may steal his sight and life at once.     pun: vista/vita
His eyes are not enough to so many rays,
his heart not enough to bear three suns.
A tripled flash forcibly shuts his eyes—
one sun in the sky, three on earth he sees.