inadequate to describe
Dante’s sight of God
Dante goes back to Earth where he writes The Divine Comedyand tries to remember what he saw in his final moments in Paradise, something that is difficult for him to do.
Two themes in this section of the last canto of The Divine Comedyare these:
1. The inadequacy of language.
2. The inadequacy of memory.
Both language and his memory fail Dante as he tries to describe the sight of God. How can he remember and explain the paradox of the Trinity?
In one instant, Dante forgets much of his vision. He forgets in that one instant more than the sea-god Neptune has forgotten in the 2,500 years since he saw the Argo, the first ship, which was captained by Jason.
The sight of the Argo was remarkable to Neptune, and the sight of God was remarkable to Dante.
PARADISE: CANTO 33 RETELLING
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