[Milton-L] The TeaM: St Paul's Letter to Bees

Dario Rivarossa dario.rivarossa at gmail.com
Wed Jun 29 01:19:16 EDT 2011

Perché son leggi, non in breve carta,
Od in aride foglie o ’n frale scorza,
O ’n durissima pietra impresse e scritte;
Ma da Natura entro le menti infisse […]

_____Torquato Tasso, Il Mondo Creato 5.906-909

(On the behavior of bees)

It is in fact a law not in brief paper,
Or in dead leaves or a fragile bark,
Or in hard stone carved and written;
But by Nature in the minds embedded […]

“Memento Audere Semper,” the interventionist poet Gabriele D’Annunzio
wrote. “Remember: Dare, Always.” Tasso now reuses some well-known
passages by St. Paul, 2 Corinthians 3.3, Romans 2.14-15, 6.14 etc., as
a description of the congenital causes of animal behavior.
He dared. Sometimes even more than Milton did.
The more so as, according to Tasso, there’s not much difference
between human reason and animal senses; as we will see.

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