Alimentary metaphors in Dante's 'Paradiso' ('Divina Commedia')

Authors
Citation
D. Gibbons, Alimentary metaphors in Dante's 'Paradiso' ('Divina Commedia'), MOD LANG R, 96, 2001, pp. 693-706
Citations number
73
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Language & Linguistics
Journal title
MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0026-7937 → ACNP
Volume
96
Year of publication
2001
Part
3
Pages
693 - 706
Database
ISI
SICI code
0026-7937(200107)96:<693:AMID'(>2.0.ZU;2-A
Abstract
This article examines one category of metaphors in Dante's Paradiso, namely those terms relating to hunger, thirst, taste and digestion (alimentary me taphors). It evaluates the extent of possible departures from traditional u ses of such metaphors on Dante's part, especially in the area of lexical ch oices and syntactic combinations. Semantic and formal criteria are then uni ted in the analysis of three particular alimentary metaphors occurring in c los succession in Cantos 10 and 11, each of which suggest some form of exce ss or gluttony with regard to the operations of the human intellect.