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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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Minos's Tail: The Labor of Devising Hell (Aeneid 6.431–33 and Inferno 5.1–24)

Minos's Tail: The Labor of Devising Hell (Aeneid 6.431–33 and Inferno 5.1–24)

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(p.132) Chapter 6 Minos's Tail: The Labor of Devising Hell (Aeneid 6.431–33 and Inferno 5.1–24)
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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/9780823227037.003.0007

Inferno 5 elicited from the ancient commentators two basic views of its structure: while one group divides it into numerous small sections, Buti puts forth the suggestion that has proved more congenial to modern interpreters, namely that the canto falls into two parts. Indeed, like Inferno 1 which is also sundered by a dramatic encounter that divides the narrative into two halves—pre-Vergil and post-Vergil—so Inferno 5 pivots around the central tercet that paves the way for its monumental encounter with Francesca da Rimini.

Keywords:   Inferno, Aenid, Francesca da Rimini, canto

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