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Petrarch in BritainInterpreters, Imitators, and Translators over 700 years$
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Martin McLaughlin, Letizia Panizza, and Peter Hainsworth

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264133

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.001.0001

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Petrarch Reading Dante: The Ascent of Mont Ventoux (Familiares 4. 1)

Petrarch Reading Dante: The Ascent of Mont Ventoux (Familiares 4. 1)

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Petrarch in Britain

Enrico Santangelo

British Academy

This chapter examines the influence of Dante in Petrarch's Epistolae Familiares. It highlights a series of textual echoes particularly of specific cantos of the Purgatorio in this highly allusive and important letter. It suggests that one major difference between Petrarch and Dante's ascent to Mont Ventoux is that Petrarch's journey up the mountain is circuitous and culminates with the discovery of the self and its divisions, while Dante's is vertical and leads to the contemplation of the Deity beyond the self.

Keywords:   Petrarch, Dante, Epistolae Familiares, Purgatorio, Mont Ventoux, self, textual echoes, Deity

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