“Intra Tupino e l’acqua che discende
del colle eletto dal beato Ubaldo,
fertile costa d’alto monte pende,
onde Perugia sente freddo e caldo
da Porta Sole; e di rietro le piange
per grave giogo Nocera con Gualdo.
Però chi d’esso loco fa parole,
non dica Ascesi, ché direbbe corto,
ma Orïente, se proprio dir vuole”.
Dante, Divina Commedia, Cantico XI Paradiso, 43-54
“Between Topino and the stream that pours
Down from the hill picked by the blest Ubaldo,
A fertile slope slants from a soaring mountain
“Which makes Perugia feel the cold and heatThrough Porta Sole; and for their heavy yoke Gualdo and Nocera weep behind it.
“From this slope, where its steepness tapers off,
A sun has risen up into the world,Just as it sometimes rises from the Ganges.
“Let no one, then, who seeks to name this placeSpeak of Assisi, a word that is too meager,
But of the East, if he would talk correctly.”
43 Assisi lies between the Topino river and the Chiascio, a river near the hill where Saint Ubaldo (d. 1160) built his hermitage.
47 Porta Sole, eastern gate of Perugia, lets in the heat of summer and the cold of winter. The towns of Gualdo and Nocera also feel the weather on the eastern slope of Mount Subasio.
53 Dante puns on the meaning of Assisi’s old name: Ascesi (which means: “I have risen”) and the East (Orient, where the sun rises). The sun and not a mere man has come into the world.
In the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri describes Assisi as the Orient, the place where the sun rises (Canto XI Paradiso, 52-54). In fact, he compares Francis to the rising sun. It is within this mediaeval context of cosmology that we have to understand the life and times of Francis of Assisi and of Clare, his “pianticella”, or little plant.
Dante and the Mount Subasio
a cicle of poetry readings, installations, performaces inspired by the Dante’s Divine Comedy, Canto XI Paradiso (43-54), in which Dante Alighieri describes Assisi and its sacral Mount.
International artists, writers and poets are invited to participate in the third session of this cultural event, which will start again in March 2014, as a part of the residencies programs organized by Arte Studio Ginestrelle artist residency, located in the heart of the Regional Park of Mount Subasio, in Assisi (the UNESCO World Heritage site).
Mount Subasio in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Subasio