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The Path through the Woods. An alternative interpretation of Dante's "selva oscura"

Fiona McDonald


In this paper, I would like to put forward the idea that Dante's "selva oscura" is not only a metaphor for human sin and error but also a metaphor for the writing of poetry. In doing so, I hasten to add, I am not excluding any other interpretation of it.

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Spunti e Ricerche. Rivista d'italianistica.
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