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Torquato Tasso's Il Mondo Creato And Boethius, a Neglected Model

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Torquato Tasso's creation epic Le sette giornate del mondo creato (1594) owes both a general and a specific debt to Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy in that the latter gives an example of writing poetry about nature based on Platonic doctrine, and that Tasso's poem opens on a hymn recalling the Consolation's ‘O qui perpetua mundum ratione gubernas’. But these clear links hide significant differences between the two, and between Tasso's poem and Lucretius and Dante: with the three sources, the search for causes is a joyous enterprise, while Il mondo creato, the major late Renaissance Italian poem on the nature of the universe, shows little confidence in human reason, essential for philosophical and scientific discovery.

Keywords: Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus (Consolation of Philosophy); Creation (myth); Italy; Poetry; Tasso, Torquato (Il mondo creato)

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1991-09-01

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