La Vita Nuova Summary

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Essays & Analysis (12)

6,031 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, origianlly written in 1859, Norton discusses the development of Dante's thought about Beatrice and the relationship of the Vita Nuova to his other works. The year 1289 w... Read more
4,942 words, approx. 17 pages
Hollander examines Dante's use of vedere and various terms related to seeing to reach a better understanding of the final vision of Beatrice in heaven, which the Vita Nuova refers to but withho... Read more
4,070 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Klemp explores the the ways in which Dante had revised his understanding of his love for Beatrice by the time he wrote the Convivio. One reason why Dante's contemporary ... Read more
11,548 words, approx. 39 pages
Menocal argues in this excerpt that the Vita Nuova's real subject is Dante's search for a viable poetry and that he ultimately succeeds when he adopts an absolute literalness. I The stor... Read more
808 words, approx. 3 pages
In this introduction to his translation of the poem, Rossetti argues that the Vita Nuova laid the foundation for some of the most salient features of the Divina Commedia. The Vita Nuova (the Autobiogr... Read more
3,836 words, approx. 13 pages
In this essay, McKenzie reviews the critical debate about the symmetrical arrangement of the lyrics of the Vita Nuova and argues that Dante's arrangement throws light on the process of composit... Read more
1,439 words, approx. 5 pages
In this excerpt from an essay originally written in 1907-10, Vossler examines the intensity of Dante's passion for Beatrice, which he considers too extreme to be accepted at face value. There i... Read more
7,169 words, approx. 24 pages
In this essay, Shaw, repudiating the generally accepted view that the Vita Nuova is an allegory, proposes an interpretation based on a literal reading of the historical events recounted in the narrati... Read more
7,096 words, approx. 24 pages
In the following excerpt, Singleton examines the relationship between the Vita Nuova and Provençal love poetry, discerning that Dante's use of medieval mysticism in his book's conce... Read more
3,797 words, approx. 13 pages
In this essay, Vittorini examines disjunctions between the lyrics and the prose of the Vita Nuova, arguing that, while the poems more closely represent Dante's actual experience, the prose trie... Read more
5,747 words, approx. 20 pages
Valency argues that the Vita Nuova is the work in which Dante first moved beyond the conventional "dolce stil nuovo" (sweet new style) into a visionary idealism that found its mature exp... Read more
6,360 words, approx. 22 pages
In this excerpt, Musa analyzes the various appearances of Love personified, in which two different forms of love present themselves. [In the Vita Nuova, the god of Love] is presented far more vividly ... Read more