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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

[GBM] Oops, again!

William Blake could not stand Dante's submissive
attitude (bottom right) before Beatrice

The Judgment of Paris in G. B. Marino's version: After Juno's angry outburst, Minerva does not keep quiet. Among other things, Juno 'quotes' Genesis 3.17-18 when she says that because of Paris, as already because of Adam, "Nature will be cursed, / and will abhor you in anger and grief" (stanza 165). Minerva's words, on her part, seem to echo Beatrice's reproach against Dante in Purgatorio 30.109 ff. The myth of Hercules at the crossroads -- the choice between virtue and vice -- is also implied, here overturned.


"So, this is how you assign your rewards,
taking the bait of misleading deceits?     Helen's love, & consequences
How you thank me for the glorious seeds
I sowed in your heart from your earliest years?
You who exalt lust, you who crush valor,
who welcome vice and condemn virtue, and
for a dirty compensation in cajolery,
refuse honor while despising chastity!"

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