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Dante's "The Divine Comedy"

Alighieri Dante is considered one of the most celebrated poets ***** 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 the vernacular), De m*****archia (On Monarchy), Prose antiche de Dante (Letters), but the ***** that ensured ***** a pl*****ce in the history ***** literature is his work Comedia.

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

The Divine Comedy is acknowledged as one of the greatest poems 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 what hell is like.

Number ***** h***** a special significance in Dante's *****. T*****ree represents ***** 'trinity', part ***** h***** Christian beliefs. The poem is organized in tecrets or group of three lines, ***** in three cantiche ***** canticas. Each cantica conta*****s 33 cantos (plus one canto for introduction). *****re is also multiple of three in each *****. Inferno has nine circles, Purgatario has ***** terraces and Parad*****o has nine **********. Dante uses this demanding and innovative Italian verse form called terza rima. The divine ***** presents an overview of the moral codes, attitudes, philosophies of ***** period.

The poem is now regarded as a m*****sterpiece ***** it has 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 ***** English speaking world. The true recognition of the poet came with Henry Longfellow's ***** of *****'s epic. William Blake, T. S. Elliott, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce extensive use of Dante's work. New translations and new 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 ***** deprive oneself of the greatest gift that ***** 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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