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.