Il giardino dei sensi nell’Adone

Paolo Cherchi


The first part of the Adone contains a lengthy episode of the “garden of the senses” which analyses the external and internal senses, and inverts their traditional order by conferring the first place to the touch. In this part there is hardly any action. The second part is dominated by passions. This poem’s partition reflects a cultural change in the literatura of love by emphasizing the attention to the passions over that of the senses. Only passions move to action and create heroes. Marino is moving along the line opened by Telesio and Campanella and leading to Spinoza . Marino celebrates the sense of sight only in the last canto of Adone, at the games in honor of the hero’s death, when there is no more action but only spectacle.

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