Dante on Creativity

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If you frequent this blog you know that I have been reading Giuseppe Mazzotta’s fine book, Reading Dante.  It is, among other things, a very helpful and insightful commentary on The Divine Comedy.  I don’t pretend to understand it all, but every now and then something will really jump off of the page.  According to Mazzotta, the Divine Comedy actually studies and expounds on the idea of poetry, along with other little themes like, you know, the nature and destiny of man and that kind of thing.

What stuck me though was this:  one of the ideas Dante forwards about poetry is that the act creation – whether it be God creating the universe or someone sitting down to write a poem – is actually a playful act.  That sounds right to me.  It may be part of the reason I like to put up poems on this blog, day by day.

Creation is an act of freedom and it is a playful act.  Yeah.

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