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By John McGahern

ISBN-10: 0571225640

ISBN-13: 9780571225644

Moran is an previous Republican whose lifestyles is remodeled without end by way of his days of glory as a guerrilla chief within the conflict of Independence. Now, in previous age, residing out within the state, Moran remains to be scuffling with in a fight to come back to phrases with the previous.

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36 This account and those preceding it allow us to adopt, in turn, intimate, detailed, readings, and wider historical perspectives. They set Fracastoro’s theories on the permanence and the periodical return of illnesses, as well as on the importance of catastrophes in world history, in a vast framework of space and time, yet one that is nevertheless describable and imaginable. They allow these theories, in this way, to fill out far beyond their initial abstraction. 31 Book III, 151–4. Book III, 208–31.

16 Book II more classically follows the model of the Georgics. It first expresses wonder at the variety and fecundity of nature by evoking the diversity of possible cures; it then develops a myth distantly analogous to that of Aristeus in Virgil,17 which introduces an account of a journey to the centre of the earth, as far as the inaccessible molten region where metals are formed (as well as health-giving mercury). 18 Book III, despite also being based on ancient sources, displays a mythological imagination seeking its inspiration in the modern world.

The Humanist Ideal of a Philosophical Fable Fracastoro never doubted the possibility of bringing philosophy and the fictions of poetry more closely together. It could even be said that he only wrote poetry in order to write a particular kind of philosophy, that is to say in allowing himself the freedom to offer his vision of nature through fictions. Although his posthumous Opera also contain one Carminum liber, he was the author of a single poetic masterpiece, Syphilis, of equal standing to his medical works, his philosophical treatises in prose, and his great book of astronomy, the Homocentrica.

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