Virgilio e l’esperienza tragica. Pensieri fuori moda sul libro IV dell’Eneide
The new ‘sentimental’ character of Virgil’s epic poetry is manifest in a special way in the fourth book of the Aeneid. The reader is implicated by the events so that they acquire for him a 'tragic' value which transcends their needs within the epic narration. The fourth book, moreover, is endowed with a certain autonomy within the story, being strongly oriented towards a tragic climax in which the correlation between sentimental characters, author and reader is at its strongest. This mingling of energies ensures the individual 'plasticity' of the Virgilian text, a text which in itself is clear and active, and requires a 'mimetic' reading rather than a coldly intellectual one, as stated in part of the modern scholarship on this subject.