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Il Convivio (The Banquet)

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Convivio is a work written by Dante Alighieri roughly between 1304 and 1307. This unfinished work of Dante consists of four trattati, or "books": a prefatory one, plus three books that each include a canzone (long lyrical poem) and a prose allegorical interpretation or commentary of the poem that goes off in multiple thematic directions.
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published 1990 by Garland Library of Medieval Literature (first published 1307)
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Aug 25, 2018 marked it as partially-read  ·  review of another edition
«Veramente io sono stato legno sanza vela e sanza governo, portato a diverse foci e liti dal vento secco che vapora la dolorosa povertade»
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Convivio es un libro bastante complejo, inusual: más bien medieval. Se trata de un banquete al que Dante nos invita, un tratado dividido en cuatro partes que versa sobre múltiples temas. Ya desde el primer apartado el autor es explícito, nos dice: 'mi deseo es que mi liberalidad se cumpla'.
El proyecto del Convivio es tan ambicioso como el de la Commedia, pero en este caso lo que tenemos es una forma que va más allá (como sucede en la Vita Nuova) de la mera forma del poema; en palabras de Teo
Manuel Alfonseca
ENGLISH: Dante tried to use in this book about cosmology and philosophy the same technique he had used successfully in Vita Nuova: alternating songs (in that case love songs) with explanations. In this book, however, this technique was not so successful, for the songs are longer and the subject deeper. He intended to write 13 songs, but abandoned the project after just three, having decided that those matters deserved a different technique, and this brought him to write the Divine Comedy.

Very clear prose, hardly seems medieval. This includes some of Dante's bitterness at political exile from Florence. What shocked me as I aloudread this during my morning walks--I can recall exactly what nameless river I followed as I read this "fact"-- was that Maria, mater Dei, was thirteen when Christ was born. No wonder Joseph was disappointed in her pregnancy prior to their coming together.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read in Dutch. Philosophical work, around 1305, incomplete. Rather dull writing on the use of the vernacular, textexplanation etc. Interesting as an historic document.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
much of Dante's literary theory is represented in this little book, including the seminal 4 levels of meaning which is still a meaningful approach to moving out of theory itself.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university
Feb 05, 2013 marked it as purposely-partially-read  ·  review of another edition
Read: Book II
Richard Wu
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sit at Dante’s dinner table to discuss his intellectual sphere and the themes animating his canzoni. Courses on offer include: extended food metaphors, wisdom, word roots, love poetry, allegorical exposition of said poetry, an ontology of maturation, Aristotelian arguments, free-association numerology, Ptolemaic cosmology and a paean to the planets—among other bites and nibbles.

A few morsels:
Moreover, self-praise and self-blame must be avoided for the same reason, just like bearing false witnes
Daniel St-Jean
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read! This is a wonderful start, or segue, into Dante's non-fiction.

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Dante Alighieri, or simply Dante (May 14/June 13 1265 – September 13/14, 1321), is one of the greatest poets in the Italian language; with the comic story-teller Boccaccio and the poet Petrarch, he forms the classic trio of Italian authors. Dante Alighieri was born in the city-state Florence in 1265. He first saw the woman, or rather the child, who was to become the poetic love of his life when he ...more
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