Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 2-7

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. vii-viii

read more

Preface

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. ix-xii

The Vita Nuova, one of Dante's earliest works, is a combination of prose and poetry. There are thirty-one poems inserted into the prose text according to the following arrangement: ...

Translator's Note

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. xiii-xiv

read more

The New Life

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-86

In my book of memory, in the early part where there is little to be read, there comes a chapter with the rubric: lncipit vita nova.1 It is my intention to copy into this little book the words I find written under that heading—if not all of them, at least the essence of their meaning. ...

An Essay on the Vita Nuova

read more

I. Patterns

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 89-106

By the end of Chapter II of the Vita nuova, that is, by the end of the first chapter of the narrative proper (for the brief Chapter I is only a preface), all of the motifs significant for the story that is about to unfold step by step, have been introduced. ...

read more

II. Aspects

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 106-134

All of the characters in the Vita nuova were mentioned in the preceding chapter of this essay, with the important exception of one of the three main characters in this love-story: the god of Love, who appears on stage playing an important role in Chapters III, IX, XXI and XXIV. ...

read more

III. Growth

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 134-174

The dual nature of the god of Love was, of course, only a reflection of the potentialities of the young lover's heart. And the rest of this essay, in fact, will be devoted to a study of his heart: his inner conflicts and spiritual development as a lover. ...

Notes on the Essay

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 175-210