Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 33: PARADOX

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Engraver: Gustave Doré, Madonna (Public Domain)

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PARADOX

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oh, Virgin Mother,

most humble, most exalted,

daughter of your son

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NOTE: The language that Saint Bernard uses in the beginning of his prayer to Mary is the language of paradox.

This is a definition of paradox:

In literature, the paradox is an anomalous juxtaposition of incongruous ideas for the sake of striking exposition or unexpected insight.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_(literature)

The language of paradox is not the language that we use in everyday life. Dante must use a new kind of language because of the things that he is trying to describe at the end of The Divine Comedy.

Dante is trying to describe the “ineffable” — something that cannot be described adequately in words. In other words, he is trying to eff the ineffable, and to do that, he has to use language that is not ordinary language.

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PARADISE: CANTO 33 RETELLING

https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/dantes-paradise-canto-33-retelling-saint-bernard-prays-to-mary-the-trinity-and-christs-dual-nature/

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