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Et_h
09-11-2011, 03:37 AM
In E.M Forster's A Room with a View George says
"My father says that there is only one perfect view--the view of the sky straight over our head"
and cecil replied "I expect your father has been reading Dante"

I've been leafing through some of Dante's work but I haven't been able to find any reference of it. Does anyone know where this is from?

Poetry Princess
01-02-2012, 12:37 AM
I believe it is from canto four, but I'll find out for sure tomorrow. Which chapter of the novel is this from? Context may help.

Charles Darnay
01-02-2012, 12:10 PM
It's a reference to the very end of Inferno, when Dante sees the stars

Poetry Princess
01-02-2012, 12:54 PM
Oh that's right. The theme is picked up in pergatory when Dante is still so glad to see nature again. It would be fun to write a paper on sky imagery in Dante.

Charles Darnay
01-02-2012, 01:41 PM
Oh that's right. The theme is picked up in pergatory when Dante is still so glad to see nature again. It would be fun to write a paper on sky imagery in Dante.

I wrote a paper once comparing Plato's allegory of the cave, Dante's sky imagery, and I think there was a third one.

Poetry Princess
01-02-2012, 01:58 PM
That sounds wonderful. It might also be cool to write about allusions to Plato in the divine comedy.