The «Wisdom Text» by a Catalan Writer of the Early Renaissance
Chapter Two: Profiles by Metaphysics 83
TWO Profiles by Metaphysics From Consolatio to Metaphysical Allegory Moner’s longest composition, the prose work entitled La noche, shares various essential features with two of his other major pieces—namely, Bendir de dones and L’ànima d’Oliver. Characteristically, the author casts himself in the role of protagonist, ﬁ rst-person speaker and plaintive lover. But, before entering fully into the domain of ﬁ ction, he starts out by recounting in detail an ordinary occurrence of his everyday life. Speciﬁ cally, he tells us about a stroll he takes at night or at dusk around a well-deﬁ ned area, quite familiar to him. So, in Bendir and L’ànima Moner refers to, respectively, the section of Barcelona in the immediate surroundings of the Cathedral and, as we have seen, the road extending north of the city up to the Vall d’Hebron. Similarly, in the exordium of La noche Moner deals with the countryside in the hinterlands of Catalonia in the vicinity of Torà, a town where he is spending a day or two as a guest in the house of the Count of Cardona, his patron.1 What is particularly striking in Bendir, L’ànima, and La noche is Moner’s use of a down-to-earth ambience and recognizable topography as a concrete frame for an extraordinary event of a visionary nature. In La noche this interfac- CocozzellaPeter.indd Sec1:83 12/31/09 8:21:25 PM 84 Fra Francesc Moner’s Bilingual Poetics of Love and Reason ing of the workaday and the imaginary realms deserves close analysis and...
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