|S. Dalí, Three Sphinxes of Bikini|
The Judgment of Paris in G. B. Marino's version: The three goddesses, led by Mercury, appear before Paris. Marino summarizes here some of the main features of his poetry and worldview: beauty that raises marvel, but accompanied by terror, and paradox, a subject that is often linked with metamorphosis, the ever-shifting and ambiguous nature of reality. In this case, the young shepherd "looks" and, by doing so, "looks like" a tree.
Amazed at such amazing things, he rimirando/mirabil
tightens his lips, bends his eyelashes,
and on his furrowed, scared forehead
sculpts—together with terror—wonder.
On the next trunk he leans his head,
so like that very trunk he looks.
Breaking his song, he lets fall his
loud flute, now silent, at his feet. see Dante, Inferno 21.86