Item #1489 Religion and Love in Dante; The Theology of Romantic Love. Charles Williams.
Religion and Love in Dante; The Theology of Romantic Love
Religion and Love in Dante; The Theology of Romantic Love

Religion and Love in Dante; The Theology of Romantic Love

Westminster: Dacre Press, [1941]. First edition. Original stiff orange card wrappers (6 1/2 inches tall), stitched and printed in black. Slight toning along the spine, minor staining to front wrapper. Very good indeed. Item #1489

"EROS NEED NOT FOR EVER BE ON HIS KNEES TO AGAPE. HE HAS A RIGHT TO HIS DELIGHTS; THEY ARE PART OF THE WAY"

First edition of Charles Williams's Religion and Love in Dante—a contribution towards the development of a Theology of Romantic Love. Printed on fine "laid" paper and published as Dacre Paper #6, one of a series of pamphlets published by the Dacre Press.

This essay deepens Williams's identification with Dante, an embrace predating The Figure of Beatrice (1943). "What becomes apparent...is that, in tracing Dante's career, Williams is describing his own. He, like Dante, is a Christian poet, a devotee of the spiritual potential of courtly love" (Zaleski and Zaleski). Dividing Dante's career into three periods: i). the New Life, ii). the Banquet, the On Monarchy, and other prose works, iii). the Comedy, Williams is "concerned here not so much with the consideration of Dante as a poet, as with that pattern of life which is part of his poetry, and which he made evident to us by means of his poetry." Williams saw something quite familiar in Dante and his devotion to Beatrice Portinari. Williams viewed Beatrice as both a person and as a symbol, a figurative representation of what Williams liked to call the "Way of Affirmation," based on the redemptive power of romantic love. Zaleski and Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings.

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