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Yet the narrator rarely tires of pointing up the mediocrity of The Earth, in spite of the Dante legacy suggested in Daneri’s name. The second model, covertly present, is Dante’s epic, especially the Paradiso. The Dante parodies, allusions, and parallels in the story continually bring the authorial reader back to Dante’s own poetics of total vision as set forth in the Paradiso. Drawing on Borges’s comments as well as his practice, one can infer three aspects of the Commedia that make it for Borges the paradigmatic long poem: it encompasses the medieval cosmos in a total vision ; it exploits the method of significant omission to give the impression that it is neither incomplete nor redundant ; and, also by this method, it enforces the illusion of its own unity and thereby the transcendental unity of all things .

220. ———, ‘‘Commentaries,’’ in The Aleph and Other Stories 1933–1969, E. P. Dutton, 1978, p. 263. ———, ‘‘The Fearful Sphere of Pascal,’’ in Labyrinths, edited by Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby, New Directions, 1964, p. 191. ———, ‘‘Kafka and His Precursors,’’ in Labyrinths, edited by Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby, New Directions, 1964, p. 201. ———, ‘‘The Witness,’’ in Labyrinths, edited by Donald A. Yates and James E. Irby, New Directions, 1964, p. 243. Christ, Ronald, The Narrow Act: Borges’s Art of Allusion, New York University Press, 1969, pp.

Yet some of the most beautiful Arabic poetry is written by Sufis, probably because of their effort to find the words most apt to describe the ineffable. Borges, again, is aware of this: How, then, can I translate into words the limitless Aleph, which my floundering mind can scarcely encompass? Mystics, faced with the same problem, fall back on symbols . . Perhaps the Gods might grant me a similar metaphor, but then this account would become contaminated by literature, with fiction. ’’ One is tempted to venture a bold and ambitious suggestion.

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