Prose glosses acted as a vehicle for interpreters, often Christian, to explain the meaning of a Latin poem.
Beinecke MS Manuscript on paper, x x mm. Although this manuscript dates several centuries after Dante, it still follows the same format as earlier manuscripts.
The Latin poem is in the center of the page in a slightly larger hand than the commentary.
Note the marginal and interlinear commentary. Interlinear commentaries were more likely to address grammatical or philological issues, while longer glosses in the margin tended to be allegorical or literary comments. After presenting a love poem, Dante offers an interpretation in prose, often adding a religious element to the poem.
(43 B.C. – 17 A.D.)
Dante in the prose, however, suggests that at the end of his vision Beatrice ascends to heaven. His use of Latin in the prose imbues the work with a scholarly and religious tone we do not find in love poetry.
The incipit of the Vita Nuova in an early fourteenth century manuscript. Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, ms.
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