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Dante's Commedia And Goethe's Faust. Similarities And Differences

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This chapter is dedicated to Jieon who reawakened love for Dante and taught to study him. A hundred years ago in 1910, the Anglophone Spanish philosopher and writer George Santayana published a book with the title Three philosophical poets:Lucretius,Dante, Goethe, containing six lectures which he had delivered in the same year at the Universities of Columbia and Wisconsin. Both the COMMEDIA and FAUST are what are called encyclopaedic works. This entails that they are very long works, even if they belong to two different genres, the one being an epic in three parts and the other drama in two parts. The poetical-philosophical balance common to both artworks elicits general questions such as : what are the criteria of supreme poetry? How is it possible to express philosophical ideas poetically. No less important than INTER TEXTUALITY is INTRA TEXTUALITY, the cross references within the works themselves.

Keywords: Dante's Comedia; George Santayana; Goethe; poetry; Jieon



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