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> occurred to me that TSE was viewing his love of Verdenal is an analogous way
> that Dante viewed Beatrice, that is, as leading him to a "Vita Nuova". I
> think this view made its way into TWL. The opening 'garden of Gethesmane'
> scene, the hooded figure, the "He who has living is now dead" line, as well
> as the "flash of lightning", all reinforced the "Vita Nuova" analogy to me.
Both my sense and my understanding of _La Vita Nuova_ are that the new way is
a new poetic way. Beatrice takes a firm second-place to the _dulce stil nuovo_.
You don't say how Dante viewed her, so I don't know if we read what is a poetic
treatise in the same way.