Saturday, October 10, 2015
invocation of the muse
During class we pointed out Dante's use of epic conventions- one being the invocation of the muses. When thinking about it afterwards, I thought it was interesting that Dante would choose to call on the muses when he is very Christian and his epic is all about Christianity and how it is the only true religion, when the muses are a pagan ideal. Pagan beliefs are frowned upon and even sinful, yet he still calls upon them for help as if he believed in them himself. I understand that he is more referencing what the muses stand for, but I still find it at least slightly hypocritical that he considers himself a somewhat perfect and virtuous Christian but calls upon false gods.