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The Ages of ManA Study in Medieval Writing and Thought$
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J. A. Burrow

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198117551

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117551.001.0001

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Ideals of Nature

Ideals of Nature

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(p.135) 4 Ideals of Nature
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The Ages of Man
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J. A. Burrow

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117551.003.0005

This chapter discusses the nature ideal and Dante's vision of the noble soul following its natural course of development, which is the nature ideal at its most elevated. The balance between the transcendence ideal and the nature ideal does not remain constant in the texts from medieval England that are chiefly under consideration here.

Keywords:   nature ideal, Dante, noble soul, transcendence ideal, medieval England

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