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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 *****nd 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 Dante a pl*****ce in the history of literature is his work Comedia.

Originally Dante called his famous collection of poems, *****, the adjective divine was added in 16th century by Boccaccio and the work became La Divina Comedia (***** Divine Comedy). ***** called the poem Comedia because it is not tragedy. In one of ***** letters he explains ***** difference between the tragedy ***** comedy as practiced during that period. Dante described tragedy ***** a high style poetry and ***** 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 ***** Comedy is horrible with the depiction ***** the '*****ferno' and ***** end is heaven ***** its pleasant descriptions. The style is humble because it is wr*****ten in the 'vulgar' language (*****), language used ***** 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 its descriptive account as everyone wants to know about *****at hell ***** like.

***** three h***** a special significance in Dante's work. T*****ree represents ***** 'tr*****ity', part ***** his Christian beliefs. The poem 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 demanding and innovative Italian verse form called terza rima. The divine ***** presents an overview of the moral codes, attitudes, philosophies of that *****.

***** poem is now regarded as a masterpiece but it has ***** always been like th*****. Dante was famous in his own lifetime and ***** Comedia was ***** a m*****sterpiece ***** 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 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 work. New translations and ***** editions of Dante's work are published almost every year now. In the word of famous writer Jorge Borges, the Divine ***** "is a book th*****t everyone ought to read. Not to do so is to deprive oneself of ***** ***** gift that ***** can give us; ***** submit to a strange asceticism."

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

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