Ez & Ez: Ezra Pound and Cunizza
da Romano: Fragments of an Unfinished Epic Poem".
Il capitolo 4 si concentra da un lato sui personaggi di Piccarda, Costanza, Cunizza
e Rehab, dall'altro sul gruppo della Rosa Celeste.
Chapter Four opens with the argument that the love of Charles Martel of Anjou, Cunizza
da Romano, the Provencal love poet Folco, and the prostitute Rahab, strongly links them to the "polis" (97) as it is comprised of charity and friendship.
Many important figures and episodes across the textual and theological divisions of the three cantiche could be discussed as manifestations of this dialectical hermeneutics: one could plausibly argue for both opposition and continuity between Francesca from the infernal circle of lust and Cunizza
in the sphere of Venus; between the heretic Farinata and, based on proud devotion to one's native city, the troubadour Sordello in Purgatory; between the suicide Pier della Vigna and his celestial counterpart Romeo, both falsely accused servants of their royal masters; between the rhetorically gifted Ulysses and the overly ambitious emperor Justinian, who appears in Mercury, and certainly between Ulysses and Adam, the prototypical human rebel.
The eleven speakers in Paradiso who are allowed to tell their own stories, ranging from Piccarda in Canto III (through Justinian, Charles Martel, Cunizza
, Folco, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Cacciaguida [perhaps, as Dante's ancestor, unsurprisingly the longest-winded, at 19 verses], Peter Damian, Benedict) to Adam in Canto XXVI, complete all of these eleven passages in some 150 verses scattered over twenty-four consecutive cantos.
In this context he examines briefly the lascivious Carlo Martello, Cunizza
da Romano, Folchetto da Marsiglia, Raab and the lustful sinners in the Purgatorio.
e Folco, peccatori convertiti, parlano sereni delle loro vite sessuali precedenti (26); dal loro racconto emerge che l'intensita della loro passione amorosa umana li ha predisposti, una volta sublimate le pulsioni sessuali, a essere passionali nella carita (45).
In Paradiso IX, Cunizza
speaks about the importance of changing one's life from sin to virtue: