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Chapter 5 - Humility as Capacity in Paradiso

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 June 2023

Rachel K. Teubner
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Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
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This chapter traces the exaltation of the poet through the medium of the Paradiso’s poetry: here poetic devices illustrate the poem’s developing capacity to imitate Christ’s humility and, at the same time, to serve the celestial vision of paradise. The humble recognition of Beatrice, and thus of oneself, as part of God’s art is both an artistic and an anthropological revelation of the poem, given its fullest expression in the poem’s final vision of the Trinity.

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Dante and the Practice of Humility
A Theological Commentary on the Divine Comedy
, pp. 238 - 309
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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