Orlando Furioso V3 (1799) PDF
by Ludovico Ariosto
A fabulous, multilayered text. I can only begin to appreciate Ariosto's masterpiece, approaching it as I did through the lens of a third language (Italian). An understanding of Ariosto's patronage situation — and of Dante and the Bible, at the very least — are essential to read between the lines of this retelling of the song of Roland. Ariosto's genius, in my view, is that a proper gleaning of the text can yield meanings diametrically opposed to the literal meaning of the words. Looking in the meter, the rhyme, the context, etc., yields wonders. A literary nerd's dream, admittedly.
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