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  • Divine Comedy
    468 words
    The Divine Comedy was a key element to the development of European literature. By writing the epic style poem in the vernacular, he enabled all people of general literacy (ie, the commoner) with the liberty to read his work of art. This was such a landmark event because scholars of the past had always written in Latin including two of the most influential people in his life, the epic poets Virgil and Homer. Latin was the language of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church therefore no one ever ...
  • Dante's Divine Comedy
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    To truly comprehend Dante's Divine Comedy, although complete comprehension is not necessary to enjoy this literary masterpiece, there are several skills one might need to acquire. For instance, one helpful piece of knowledge would be the ability to fluently speak Italian, since the many translations differ being able to have read Dante's actual written words and understand them would make reading the Divine Comedy a bit more personal and therefore easier to understand. To catch and understand th...
  • Dante's Work
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    "The Divine Comedy" is an epic poem brimming with information and eloquent literary devices. (The word "comedy" is used here in its classical sense - to denote a story which begins in suspense and ends well.) The lengthy work combines Dante's vast knowledge of classical Latin writers (Virgil, Ovid, Cicero, Seneca... ) and Greek philosophers (Plato and Aristotle) with his readings from the religious and theological classics of Catholicism (Augustine, Thomas Aquinas... ). Some awareness of medieva...
  • Dante's Divine Comedy
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    Inferno Dante's Divine Comedy, first titled La Commedia, is divided into three sections: Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Heaven). Dante and Virgil, his companion, enter the gates of Hell on their journey through the afterlife and experience the terror and horrible punishments that correspond to the sins that were made in the previous life. Dante, thirty-five years old, found himself astray in a dark wood on the night before Good Friday. Promising to rescue him and take him ...
  • Dante's Writings
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    Dante's Influence on Italian Culture Dante Alighieri was a very well known and influential poet in early literature. 'He was not only a poet, he was also a philosophical thinker, an active politician, and a religious visionary'; (Holmes 1). Dante was born in Florence in 1265, into the Guelph political party, one of the two main parties in Florence. The Guelphs were aristocrats and nobles. They supported the church and papacy and were against the Renaissance. Their opposition was the Ghibelline P...
  • Dante's Divine Comedy
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    Dante's Inferno Dante Alighieri, one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages, was born in Florence, Italy on June 5, 1265. He was born to a middle-class Florentine family. At an early age he began to write poetry and became fascinated with lyrics. During his adolescence, Dante fell in love with a beautiful girl named Beatrice Port inari. He saw her only twice, but she provided much inspiration for his literary masterpieces. Her death at a young age left him grief-stricken. His first book, La Vi...
  • Level Of The Character Dante
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    Dante wrote The Divine Comedy between 1308 and 1321. The Divine Comedy was written as an allegory, Which is a narrative that takes place on both a literal and a figurative or symbolic level. Dante uses himself as the main character and uses allegory to describe himself in the epic. Half-way through Dante's life, he realizes that he goes astray from the "True Way' and into the "Dark wood of error. ' Dante travels through hell, or the inferno, through purgatory and paradise before reaching God and...

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