If one of the great poetic tricks is to take the particular and make it universal, Dante pulls off an even greater one here: he takes the universal experience of suddenly - as it were - waking up in middle life without any real idea of how to go on, and makes that first of all particular, then more profoundly universal, so that his, and our, individual mid-life fretfulness becomes incorporated into an entire cosmology.
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