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

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

The ***** Comedy is acknowledged as one of ***** greatest ***** in the world. The poem ***** 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 ***** like.

***** three has a special significance in Dante's work. Three represents div*****e 'trinity', part of his Christian beliefs. The ***** is organized in tecrets or group of three l*****es, is in three c***** ***** 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 ***** has nine heavens. Dante uses th***** demanding and innovative Italian verse form called terza rima. The divine ***** presents an overview of the moral codes, attitudes, philosophies of that period.

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

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

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