[Milton-L] Eden and the 'other two' forests
dario.rivarossa at gmail.com
Thu Jun 13 00:38:41 EDT 2013
In keeping on studying the masterpieces of Christian Epic, another
'place' (in the sense of "locus theologicus") coming to attention is
"the forest," especially in its highly symbolical role as Eden, either
being enjoyed or lost. It can be found in Dante reinterpreting
Genesis, then in Ariosto quoting both, then in Tasso quoting the three
of them, then Milton etc., then Blake etc., all the way up to Tolkien,
As it had already been mentioned in past discussions, Milton's
Paradise comes 'more' directly from Dante's Purgatorio, which -
against any other Medieval author, and afterwards, as well - is a
peaceful mountain on whose top the very forest of Eden grows, and it
is guarded by angels, not by devils.
In fact, however, in the Divine Comedy _three_ forests appear, or
indeed, it's always about the _same_ forest but seen from three
different standpoints or on different levels. Here's a somewhat deeper
insight into the issue:
Btw, I will be glad to sent by email, on request to dario.rivarossa
(at) gmail.com, a small poster or big postcard - a PDF file of one
page - summing up the whole of Dante's Vision with three pictures
that, imho, are the best ever illustrations of those episodes. Quite
easy, yep, but it took 30 years to get there.
The poster shows:
1. The Serpent i.e. fallen Man, from Inferno 25;
2. The hive-minded Eagle, i.e. the Purusha, the restored Cosmic Man
(the whole of human history, of peoples), from Paradiso 18-20, cf.
previous posts on "Sacred symbols . . .";
3. The Third Forest, Paradiso 30, cf. explanations at the URL here above.
This material can be freely used as far as my part of it is concerned,
while keeping in mind that the works of at least two out of the three
artists are still protected by the copyright law.
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