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Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture$
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Teodolinda Barolini

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227037

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823227037.001.0001

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Guittone's Ora parrà, Dante's Doglia mi reca, and the Commedia's Anatomy of Desire

Guittone's Ora parrà, Dante's Doglia mi reca, and the Commedia's Anatomy of Desire

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(p.47) Chapter 2 Guittone's Ora parrà, Dante's Doglia mi reca, and the Commedia's Anatomy of Desire
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Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture
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Teodolinda Barolini

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823227037.003.0003

Ora parrá is well known as the canzone whose opening stanza so forcefully announces the transition from a poesis inspired with love to one driven by moral didacticism, or, in the terms of the manuscript headings, the transition from “Guittone” to “Frate Guittone”. Guittone recommends a life of abstinence from vice and willingness to toil; only thus can one advance one's “stato adonore”. A bourgeois ethic replaces the courtly paradigm: in lieu of carnal delight Guittone proposes not monastic withdrawal but a life of civic morality and virtuous moderation, measured toil and measured gain leading ultimately to an honored position in the community.

Keywords:   Guittone, Dante, canzone, love, didacticism, abstinence, toil, civic morality

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