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

Bob Blair bblair48 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 13 19:09:27 EDT 2011

That's interesting, but afaik bats no bats hang one from another except pups on their dams. Adults often press closely together.  It must have been very difficult, before the invention of directed-beam lanterns, to make observations of things that occur in the dark.

Bob Blair
--- On Tue, 7/12/11, Dario Rivarossa <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Dario Rivarossa <dario.rivarossa at gmail.com>
> Subject: [Milton-L] The TeaM: The bright side of the bat
> To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
> Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 10:16 PM
> 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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