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"Manibus, oh …": Virgil's loving hands

Thomas E Mussio


Dante's only direct citation of Virgil's Latin occurs in Purgatorio 30, when he has angels sing to honor the coming of Beatrice. This re-contextualization of Virgil's words allows that even if he is excluded from heaven, his poetry has a place there. Yet this citation of Virgil is significant in another way: even as it recognizes the poignancy of Virgil's tragedy, it marks the beginning of the climax in Purgatorio of Dante's efforts to understand Virgil's role in his healing.

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Spunti e Ricerche. Rivista d'italianistica.
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