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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 the vernacular), De m*****archia (On Monarchy), Prose antiche de Dante (Letters), but the work that ensured Dante a place in the history ***** literature is his work Comedia.

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

The Divine Comedy is acknowledged as one of ***** greatest poems in the world. The poem is divided *****to three sections 'Canticas'; Inferno (Hell), Purgatario (Purgatory) and Paradiso (Paradise). Cantica, Inferno is the most popular for ***** descriptive account as everyone wants to know about what hell is like.

Number ***** h***** a special significance in Dante's work. T*****ree represents divine 'trinity', part of his 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 cantica. Inferno has nine circles, Purgatario has nine terraces and Paradiso has nine heavens. 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.

The poem is now regarded as a m*****sterpiece but it has not always been like th*****. Dante was famous in his own lifetime and ***** 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 ***** Comedy to the English speaking *****. The true recogn*****ion of the poet came with Henry Longfellow's translation of *****'s epic. William Blake, T. S. Elliott, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce extensive use of Dante's *****. New *****s and ***** editions of ***** work are published al***** every year now. In ***** 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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