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Introduction

Ralph Pite

in The Circle of Our Vision

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198112945
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112945.003.0001
Introduction

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In 1819, Thomas Love Peacock observed that Dante had been increasingly included in required readings and this sudden emergence in Dante's popularity he thought may be attributed to the influential lectures delivered by Coleridge and by Ugo Foscolo's articles in the Edinburgh Review between 1818 and 1819. As such, Dante's Commedia as well as Henry Cary's translation entitled The Vision was promoted, reprinted, and sold well. The advocacies initiated by Coleridge demonstrate how Dante's appeal encompasses more than a single school of political thought. This chapter attempts to explain how Dante's works embodies the various poetic ambitions of several Romantic writers, particularly in terms of combining the truth of nature with imagination.

Keywords: Dante; Coleridge; Ugo Foscolo; political thought; poetic ambitions; Romantic writers; nature; imagination; truth

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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