The Literary Imagination: Studies in Dante, Chaucer, and Shakespeare

University of Delaware Press, 1982 - 266 頁
The essays collected in this book include two each on Dante and Chaucer that appear for the first time in print and three on Shakespeare that are based on Dr. Traversi's Approach to Shakespeare. Dante's Purgatorio, Chaucer's the Franklin's Tale, and Shakespeare's the Tempest are among the texts analyzed here.


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Authors Note
The Theme of Poetry in Dantes Purgatorio
Why Is Ulysses in Hell?
The Franklins Tale
The Manciples Tale
Unaccommodated Man in King Lear
The Imaginative and the Real in Antony and Cleopatra
Shakespeares Dramatic Illusion in The Tempest

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第 236 頁 - Be not afeard ; the isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears ; and sometime voices, That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, Will make me sleep again : and then, in dreaming, The clouds methought would open, and show riches Ready to drop upon me ; that, when I wak'd, I cried to dream again.
第 171 頁 - O, reason not the need : our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous: Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's: thou art a lady; If only to go warm were gorgeous, Why, nature needs not what thou gorgeous wear'st, Which scarcely keeps thee warm.
第 201 頁 - Let Rome in Tiber melt, and the wide arch Of the ranged empire fall ! Here is my space. Kingdoms are clay : our dungy earth alike Feeds beast as man: the nobleness of life Is to do thus ; when such a mutual pair [Embracing. And such a twain can do't, in which I bind, On pain of punishment, the world to weet We stand up peerless.
第 68 頁 - , dissi, ' che per cento milia perigli siete giunti a l'occidente, a questa tanto picciola vigilia de1 nostri sensi ch'è del rimanente, non vogliate negar l'esperienza, diretro al sol, del mondo sanza gente! Considerate la vostra semenza: fatti non foste a viver come bruti, ma per seguir virtute e conoscenza...
第 247 頁 - The charm dissolves apace ; And as the morning steals upon the night, Melting the darkness, so their rising senses Begin to chase the ignorant fumes that mantle Their clearer reason.
第 26 頁 - Facesti come quei che va di notte, che porta il lume dietro e sé non giova, ma dopo sé fa le persone dotte, quando dicesti: 'Secol si rinova; torna giustizia e primo tempo umano, e progenie scende da ciel nova.
第 220 頁 - His legs bestrid the ocean; his rear'd arm Crested the world; his voice was propertied As all the tuned spheres, and that to friends; But when he meant to quail and shake the orb, He was as rattling thunder: For his bounty, There...
第 219 頁 - My desolation does begin to make A better life : Tis paltry to be Caesar; Not being fortune, he's but fortune's knave, A minister of her will ; And it is great To do that thing that ends all other deeds ; Which shackles accidents, and bolts up change; Which sleeps, and never palates more the dung, The beggar's nurse and Caesar's.