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Dante's "The Divine Comedy"

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

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

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

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

The poem is now regarded as a m*****sterpiece ***** it ***** not always been like this. Dante was famous in his own lifetime and the Comedia was ***** a masterpiece ***** the 15th century. During the Enlightenment period it ***** basically ignored. Henry Cash's first English translation introduced the ***** Comedy to the English speaking world. The true recogn*****ion of the poet came with Henry Longfellow's translation of Dante's epic. William Blake, T. S. Elliott, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce extensive use of ***** work. New translations and new editions of Dante's 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 to deprive oneself of ***** ***** gift that literature can give us; to submit ***** a strange asceticism."

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


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