Minos's Tail: The Labor of Devising Hell (<i>Aeneid</i> 6.431–33 and <i>Inferno</i> 5.1–24)

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:
Minos's Tail: The Labor of Devising Hell (Aeneid 6.431–33 and Inferno 5.1–24)

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Inferno 5 elicited from the ancient commentators two basic views of its structure: while one group divides it into numerous small sections, Buti puts forth the suggestion that has proved more congenial to modern interpreters, namely that the canto falls into two parts. Indeed, like Inferno 1 which is also sundered by a dramatic encounter that divides the narrative into two halves—pre-Vergil and post-Vergil—so Inferno 5 pivots around the central tercet that paves the way for its monumental encounter with Francesca da Rimini.

Keywords: Inferno; Aenid; Francesca da Rimini; canto

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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