In a message dated 1/26/02 1:35:41 PM EST, [log in to unmask] writes:
> Talking about allusions and borrowing, do you agree with Singleton's
> comment about Dante alluding to Virgil in the Francesca passage or do
> you lean toward a borrowing or just a coincidence?
Coincidence? Virgil is the guide for Dante (pilgrim) in the Commedia and
Dante (poet) puts in numerous tributes to the historical Virgil by echoing
passages from Virgil's works. You may question whether a particular tribute
is intended as a full-fledged allusion to the original work, but the
similarity of the language in certain passages to the work of Virgil (poet)
is not a coincidence.
In the case of Francesca/Aeneas, I think an allusion is intended, not just
a "borrowing" as you call it. Both characters are about to reveal to
strangers moments of great personal loss.
-- Steve --