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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 and prose, Convivio (Banquet, prose), De Vulgari eloquentia (on eloquence in the vernacular), De monarchia (On Monarchy), Prose antiche de Dante (Letters), but the ***** that ensured ***** a pl*****ce in the history of literature is his work Comedia.

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

The Divine Comedy is acknowledged as one of ***** greatest ***** in the world. The poem ***** divided *****to three sections 'Cantic*****'; 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 work. Three represents div*****e 'trinity', part ***** his Christian beliefs. The poem is organized in tecrets or group of three l*****es, ***** in three c***** ***** canticas. Each cantica contains 33 cantos (plus one canto ***** introduction). *****re is also multiple of three in each *****. Inferno has nine circles, Purgatario has nine terraces and ***** has ***** *****s. Dante uses this dem*****ing and innovative Italian verse form called terza rima. The divine ***** presents an overview of the moral codes, attitudes, philosophies of ***** period.

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

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


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