Dante Alighieri: De vulgari eloquentia [On Common Eloquence] (2752 words)

  • John Took (University College London)

Dante's work, everywhere, is an essay in clarification, in seeking out and stating the rationale of his undertaking as a poet and philosopher; so, for example, the early Vita nova (c. 1293), where by way of what amounts to an essay in affective philosophy, in the redefining of love as a matter less of acquisition than of disposition, it is a question of his resolving the ambiguities of his own experience as a love poet in the Siculo-Tuscan tradition of vernacular verse making. So, too, the Convivio, belonging in an ideal chronology to the years 1304-1307, where by way of a now more properly pedagogical undertaking, of a guide to human happiness for the benefit of "those many men and women in this language of ours burdened b…

Took, John. "De vulgari eloquentia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 February 2014
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