of all that's precious in our joys, or costly in our sorrows
Here, he responds directly to the critical Zeitgeist, while he reminds us of literary possibilities that remain inexhaustible, inexhausted
, we can rediscover in these words, despite their occasional quality, a way of thinking about poetry and a way of practicing criticism that is as urgent and as timely as ever.
To the presumptuous myopia of ideology Pareyson opposes, on a higher plane, the revelativity of Being, that one inexhaustible truth, totally present, albeit also inexhausted
in every single interpretation, that is also full expression of one's own finite point of view, of an historically situated interpretation.
In Threnodia, Charles is "that all-forgiving king, / The type of Him above / That inexhausted
spring / Of clemency and love" who "almost [is] invoked below" the way a Catholic saint is; Dryden was less than a year away from first publicly attending Mass when he wrote the poem.