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Dante's "The Divine Comedy"

Alighieri Dante is considered one of the most celebrated poets of the medieval Europe. Dante'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 ***** that ensured Dante a pl*****ce in the history ***** literature is his work Comedia.

Originally Dante called his famous collection of poems, Comedia, the adjective divine was added in 16th century by Boccaccio ***** ***** work became La Divina Comedia (***** Divine Comedy). ***** called the poem ***** because it is not tragedy. In one of ***** letters he explains ***** 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. In ***** 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 '*****ferno' ***** ***** end ***** heaven with its pleasant descriptions. The style is humble because it is written in the 'vulgar' language (vernacular), ***** used ***** common people.

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

Number three h***** a special significance in Dante's work. T*****ree represents div*****e 'trinity', part ***** his Christian beliefs. The ***** is organized in tecrets or group of three l*****es, ***** in three c***** or canticas. Each cantica contains 33 cantos (plus one canto ***** introduction). There is also multiple of three in each *****. Inferno has nine circles, Purgatario has ***** 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 that *****.

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

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

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