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Dante's "The Divine Comedy"

Alighieri Dante is considered one of the most celebrated poets ***** the medieval Europe. Dante's work include; Vita nuova (new life), a collection of poems ********** prose, Convivio (Banquet, prose), De Vulgari eloquentia (on eloquence in the vernacular), De m*****archia (On Monarchy), Prose antiche de Dante (Letters), but the ***** that ensured Dante a place in the history ***** literature is his work Comedia.

Originally Dante called ***** famous collection of poems, *****, the adjective divine was added in 16th century by Boccaccio and the work became La Divina Comedia (The Divine *****). ***** called the poem ***** because it is not tragedy. In one of his letters he explains ***** difference between the tragedy and comedy as practiced during that period. Dante described tragedy ***** a high style poetry ***** the comedy as a low style. ***** the theories ***** that time comedy began as a sad story and developed with a happy ending. The beginning of the ***** Comedy is horrible with the depiction of the 'Inferno' and ***** end is heaven ***** its ple*****ant descriptions. ***** style is humble because it is wr*****ten in the 'vulgar' language (*****), ***** used ***** common people.

The Divine Comedy is acknowledged as one of the greatest ***** in the world. The poem is divided into three sections 'Cantic*****'; Inferno (Hell), Purgatario (Purgatory) and Paradiso (Paradise). Cantica, Inferno is the ***** popular for its descriptive account as everyone wants to know about what hell ***** like.

***** three has a special significance in Dante's work. Three represents ***** 'trinity', part of his Christian beliefs. The poem is organized in tecrets or group of three lines, ***** in three c***** ***** canticas. Each cantica conta*****s 33 cantos (plus one canto for introduction). There is also multiple ***** three in each *****. Inferno ***** nine circles, Purgatario has ***** terraces and ***** has nine heavens. Dante uses th***** demanding and innovative Italian verse form called terza rima. The divine ***** presents an overview of the moral codes, attitudes, philosophies of ***** *****.

***** poem is now regarded as a masterpiece but it has ***** always been like this. Dante was famous in his own lifetime and the Comedia was ***** a m*****sterpiece ***** the 15th century. During the Enlightenment period it ***** basically ignored. Henry Cash's first English translation introduced the Divine Comedy to the English speaking world. The true recognition of the poet came with Henry Longfel*****'s ***** of *****'s epic. William Blake, T. S. Elliott, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce extensive use of Dante's *****. New translations and ***** editions of ***** work are published almost every year now. In ***** word of ***** writer Jorge Borges, the Divine Comedy "is a book th*****t everyone ought to read. Not to do so is ***** deprive oneself of ***** greatest gift that ***** can give us; to submit to a strange asceticism."

***** the Divine Comedy, Dante emerges as a geographer of the cosmos, he draws maps of heaven

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