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an imagined colloquy
Dr. Johnson. "We have been too early acquainted with
the poetical heroes to expect any pleasure from their revival; to show them
as they already have been shown, is to disgust by repetition; to give them
new qualities or new adventures, is to offend by violating received notions."
Mr. Leigh Hunt repeating a comment by Keats. "Talking
with a friend about Dante he observed that whenever so great a poet told us
anything in addition or continuation of an ancient story, he had a right to
be regarded as a classical authority. For instance, said he, when he [Dante]
tells us of that characteristic death of Ulysses in one of the books of the
Inferno, we ought to receive the information as authentic, and be
glad that we have more news of Ulysses than we looked for."
Go to Apollonio's Odyssey (below).
Go to Flaxman's Odyssey
Go to Blake's Dante
Go to Hans Erni's Odyssey
Dante, Inferno xxvi
Apollonio, Adventures of Ulysses (1435)