Stefano Carrai

You Never Forget the First Verse

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Keywords: Opening Verse; Poetic Inspiration; Dante; Paul Valéry.

The various ways in which writers begin their poems are scrutinized through an analysis of a wide range of literary texts from antiquity to modern times. Particular attention is paid to both Dante's theory of inspiration and Paul Valéry's idea of the divine origin of the opening verse.

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