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Giraldi Cinthio on Romances

Giraldi Cinthio on Romances

Being a translation of the Discorso intorno al comporre dei romanzi with introduction & notes by HENRY L. SNUGGS
Copyright Date: 1968
Pages: 216
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    Giraldi Cinthio on Romances
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    Giraldi Cinthio'sDiscorso intorno al comporre dei romanzi, here translated into English for the first time, was one of the most important critical works of the Renaissance. Written as a defense of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, Giraldi's discourse is an inquiry both into the nature of poetry and into the characteristics of the "heroic" or epic genre, in which some of the world's richest poems fall.

    Henry L. Snuggs introduces this translation with an incisive interpretation of Giraldi's critical theory. Giraldi was the first, Snuggs states, to make a significant plea in sixteenth-century criticism for the poetry of that (and our) time. The modern heroic poem cannot imitate the ancient in every respect, he held, for the principles of both decorum and verisimilitude required it to reflect the mores of its own age, although this did not mean the creation of a new genre. That which distinguishes Giraldi as a critic perhaps more than anything else, Snuggs concludes, was his recognition of a poetic unity other than that defined by Aristotle.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6458-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
    (pp. vii-x)
    H. L. S.
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. xi-xii)
    (pp. xiii-xxii)

    In the dedicatory letter to Ruggieri, Giraldi wrote that his chief aim in theDiscoursewas to refute the attacks on Ariosto’sOrlando Furioso.Giraldi was convinced that theFuriosonot only was a great poem but was a great heroic poem. To defend Ariosto, therefore, his discourse presents both an inquiry into the very nature of poetry and into the characteristics of the genre in which some of the world’s richest poems fall. His title is a little misleading, for although he was really writing a theory of the heroic poem, he had to use the termromanceto...

  5. Giraldi Cinthio on Romances
    (pp. 1-164)

    For many years, Signor Boniface, I have thought much about the manner of composing various kinds of poetry. Among those with whom I have shared my thoughts, both in teaching and in familiar discourse, to no one have I more liberally and more solicitously revealed my discourses and shown my industry in these matters than to M. Giovambattista Pigna. He has been more attentive to me than any other and has observed more diligently what I discussed with him and taught him concerning all kinds of poetry. Having observed this young man’s assiduity and eagerness to learn, I held him...

    (pp. 165-178)
  7. NOTES
    (pp. 179-190)
  8. INDEX
    (pp. 191-194)