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Alimentary Metaphors in Dante's "Paradiso"
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 96, No. 3 (Jul., 2001), pp. 693-706
Published by: Modern Humanities Research Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3736739
Page Count: 14
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This article examines one category of metaphors in Dante's Paradiso, namely those terms relating to hunger, thirst, taste, and digestion (alimentary metaphors). It evaluates the extent of possible departures from traditional uses of such metaphors on Dante's part, especially in the area of lexical choices and syntactic combinations. Semantic and formal criteria are then united in the analysis of three particular alimentary metaphors occurring in close succession in Cantos 10 and 11, each of which suggest some form of excess or gluttony with regard to the operations of the human intellect.
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