Giraldi Cinthio on Romances Henry L Snuggs

ISBN: 9780813154756

Published: July 15th 2014

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218 pages


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Giraldi Cinthio on Romances  by  Henry L Snuggs

Giraldi Cinthio on Romances by Henry L Snuggs
July 15th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 218 pages | ISBN: 9780813154756 | 5.66 Mb

Giraldi Cinthios Discorso intorno al comporre dei romanzi, here translated into English for the first time, was one of the most important critical works of the Renaissance. Written as a defense of Ariostos Orlando Furioso, Giraldis discourse is anMoreGiraldi Cinthios Discorso intorno al comporre dei romanzi, here translated into English for the first time, was one of the most important critical works of the Renaissance. Written as a defense of Ariostos Orlando Furioso, Giraldis discourse is an inquiry both into the nature of poetry and into the characteristics of the heroic or epic genre, in which some of the worlds richest poems fall.

Henry L. Snuggs introduces this translation with an incisive interpretation of Giraldis critical theory. Giraldi was the first, Snuggs states, to make a significant plea in sixteenth-century criticism for the poetry of that (and our) time. The modern heroic poem cannot imitate the ancient in every respect, he held, for the principles of both decorum and verisimilitude required it to reflect the mores of its own age, although this did not mean the creation of a new genre.

That which distinguishes Giraldi as a critic perhaps more than anything else, Snuggs concludes, was his recognition of a poetic unity other than that defined by Aristotle.



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