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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 ********** 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 ***** literature is his ***** 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 (The Divine *****). Dante called the poem Comedia 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 ***** a high style poetry and ***** comedy as 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 with the depiction ***** the 'Inferno' and the end ***** heaven ***** its ple*****ant descriptions. The style is humble because it is wr*****ten in the 'vulgar' language (*****), language used by common people.

The Divine Comedy is acknowledged as one of the greatest ***** in the world. The poem is divided into 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 what hell is like.

Number three h***** a special significance in Dante's work. T*****ree represents ***** 'tr*****ity', part of h***** Christian beliefs. The ***** is organized in tecrets or group ***** three l*****es, ***** in three cantiche or canticas. Each cantica contains 33 cantos (plus one canto ***** introduction). *****re is also multiple of three in each *****. Inferno has nine circ*****, Purgatario has nine terraces and Parad*****o has nine *****s. 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 period.

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

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

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