Guittone's <i>Ora parrà</i>, Dante's <i>Doglia mi reca</i>, and the <i>Commedia</i>'s Anatomy of Desire

Teodolinda Barolini

in Dante and the Origins of Italian Literary Culture

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823227037
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241019 | DOI:
Guittone's Ora parrà, Dante's Doglia mi reca, and the Commedia's Anatomy of Desire

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Ora parrá is well known as the canzone whose opening stanza so forcefully announces the transition from a poesis inspired with love to one driven by moral didacticism, or, in the terms of the manuscript headings, the transition from “Guittone” to “Frate Guittone”. Guittone recommends a life of abstinence from vice and willingness to toil; only thus can one advance one's “stato adonore”. A bourgeois ethic replaces the courtly paradigm: in lieu of carnal delight Guittone proposes not monastic withdrawal but a life of civic morality and virtuous moderation, measured toil and measured gain leading ultimately to an honored position in the community.

Keywords: Guittone; Dante; canzone; love; didacticism; abstinence; toil; civic morality

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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