For Poliziano philology opens man to the experience of the uncanniness of tropes. In the
Lamia he proposes a rethinking of philology's ontological status: philology as a science and encyclopedia of tropes. Such a critical frame-of-mind informs the major poetic writings. In the
Stanze, Poliziano employs the trope of metalepsis as a means of both grounding a dialectic with the past, and reinventing a literary language. The
Favoladi Orfeo, whose aesthetic hub is nourished by the cognitive capacity of poetic utterance, is an allegory of metaphor's ability to lead to the disclosure of the originary locus.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1989. XIV, 189 pp.
Contents: Poliziano's precursors and the Stanze - The Favoladie Orfeo and the movement from rationality
to rhetoric - Philology as a «new» science of tropes concerned with unconcealing the hidden and fluctuating truths of a text.