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Dante's "The Divine Comedy"

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

Originally Dante called ***** famous collection of poems, Comedia, the adjective divine was added in 16th century by Boccaccio and the work became La Divina Comedia (***** Divine *****). ***** called the poem Comedia 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 ***** ***** comedy as a low style. In the theories ***** that time comedy began ***** a sad story and developed w*****h a happy ending. The beginning of the Divine Comedy is horrible with the depiction of the '*****ferno' and the end ***** heaven with its pleasant descriptions. The style is humble because it is wr*****ten in the 'vulgar' language (vernacular), ***** used ***** common people.

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

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

The poem is now regarded as a m*****sterpiece but it has not always been like th*****. Dante was famous in his own lifetime and ***** Comedia was ***** a masterpiece ***** 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 recogn*****ion of ***** poet came with ***** Longfel*****'s ***** of ********** epic. William Blake, T. S. Elliott, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce extensive use of Dante's work. New translations and new editions of ***** work are published almost every year now. In the word of famous writer Jorge Borges, the Divine Comedy "is a book th*****t everyone ought to read. Not to do so is to deprive oneself of ***** greatest gift that literature can give us; ***** submit to a strange asceticism."

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


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