[Milton-L] The TeaM: The bright side of the bat

Dario Rivarossa dario.rivarossa at gmail.com
Wed Jul 13 01:16:17 EDT 2011

E come ei solo infra gli augei volanti
Adopri i denti, e in quattro piè si fermi […].
Sovra due tanti egli il leggiero appoggia,
E l’ali sue quasi di cuoio dispiega;
E come penda l’un da l’altro avinto,
Quasi catena inanellata e lunga,
E ’n questa guisa pur, Natura, insegni
Di scambievole amore i fermi nodi.

_____Torquato Tasso, Il Mondo Creato 5.1219-1228

[Needless to say that…]
It alone, among all flying birds,
Employs teeth, and on four feet stands […].
By two only its light body it supports,
And leather-like wings it spreads.
And they hang to one another tied
Like a chain of many rings:
This way too, Nature, you teach
The firm knots of mutual love.

Tasso, as it has already been mentioned, reduces basically everything
to a natural level. Even--- Milton, in advance! I mean, the English
poet somehow rehabilitates Satan, as a non-trite character at least.
Tasso more simply, or more deeply, rehabilitates the bat, which for
the first time in the history of Italian poetry is not described as an
ugly symbol of the devil, but it shows up as an interesting specimen,
and it even becomes a symbol of fraternal love.

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