Wisdom’s pursuit through symbols, metaphors, poetry, and therapy is a path of indirection,
less available the more one’s pursuit is direct. Wisdom may be gained through particular
processes of knowing, pilgrimages towards the truth of things. Dante’s 14th century poem
engages a new rhyme scheme to further this pursuit of knowing towards wisdom. He called
it terza rima, or third rhyme. Its structure, the essay argues, embodies two movements of the
soul: the journey towards knowing, one which is always bending back in memory, and the
movement of therapy itself, wherein one becomes more conscious by seeing in the present a
confl uence of one’s history and one’s destiny at the same instant.
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