s; Cicero, eighteen; Albertus Magnus, seven; Boethius, six; Plato (at second-hand), four; Aquinas, Avicenna, Ptolemy, the Dig been by his sonnets.
But Dante's direct acquaintance with Plato may be reckoned at zero, and we consider it as having stronmore is given them for a grief. I speak of Aristotle and of Plato And many others. Purgatorio, III. 34-44.
The allusions ind his ways past finding out!
(Rom. XI. 33.) Aristotle and Plato: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ue justified by faith (Gal.
III. 24). He puts Aristotle and Plato in his Inferno, because they did not adore God duly (Infernter and guide of human reason (Convito, Tr. IV.
c. 6), and Plato a most excellent man (Convito, Tr. II.
c. 5). Plato and ArPlato and Aristotle, like all Dante's figures, are types.
We must disengage our thought from the individual, and fix it on the genus. Wul of things than in the body of them, the little finger of Plato is thicker than the loins of Aristotle.
We cannot but th
He seems to have had a common-sense side to him, and could look at things (if we may judge by his tract on Irish affairs) in a practical and even hard way; but the moment he turned toward poetry he fulfilled the condition which his teacher Plato imposes on poets, and had not a particle of prosaic understanding left.
His fancy, habitually moving about in worlds not realized, unrealizes everything at a touch.
The critics blame him because in his Prothalamion the subjects of it enter on te had thus beatified her. As Dante was drawn upward from heaven to heaven by the eyes of Beatrice, so was Spenser lifted away from the actual by those of that ideal Beauty whereof his mind had conceived the lineaments in its solitary musings over Plato, but of whose haunting presence the delicacy of his senses had already premonished him. The intrusion of the real world upon this supersensual mood of his wrought an instant disenchantment:—
Much wondered Calidore at this strange sight Whose