Life and Poetry

Efrem Zambon

in Two Thousand Years of Solitude

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603848
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731587 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Life and Poetry

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This chapter provides a comparative analysis of the underexplored relationship between Ovid’s and Dante’s experience of exile which highlights exile as a turning point in these poets’ lives and exile as a literary theme.The chapter provides a comparison of the poets’ use of themes such as the motif of journeying, the figure of Ulysses as a prototypical exile, the chronology of exile, the attitude towards the place of condemnation and the poet’s homeland, and the approach towards the poet’s fault. This chapter also highlights that Ovid’s exilic works left echoes in Dante’s work, offering a reading of passages in Dante inspired by Ovid’s exilic letters. Finally, the chapter considers Paradiso XVII, the canto where Dante meets Cacciaguida, who reveals the final prophecy about Dante’s exile. Their meeting is surrounded by two mythical references from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, concerning two Ovidian ‘exilic’ characters.

Keywords: dante; medieval; medieval; Florence; chronology; fault; exile; Christianity; allusion; Ulysses

Chapter.  7805 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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