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Dante's "The Divine Comedy"

Alighieri Dante is considered one of the most celebrated poets ***** the medieval Europe. *****'s work include; Vita nuova (new life), a collection of poems *****nd prose, Convivio (Banquet, prose), De Vulgari eloquentia (on eloquence in ***** vernacular), De monarchia (On Monarchy), Prose antiche de Dante (Letters), but the ***** that ensured Dante a place in the history ***** literature is his work 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 (***** Divine *****). Dante called the poem Comedia because it is not tragedy. In one of ***** letters he explains ***** difference between the tragedy ***** comedy as practiced during that period. ***** described tragedy as a high style poetry and the comedy ***** a low style. In the theories ***** that time comedy began as a sad story and developed with a happy ending. The beginning of the ***** Comedy is horrible with the depiction of the '*****ferno' and the end ***** heaven with its ple*****ant descriptions. The style is humble because it is written in the 'vulgar' language (*****), language used ***** common people.

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

Number ***** has a special significance in Dante's work. Three represents ***** 'tr*****ity', part ***** his Christian beliefs. The poem is organized in tecrets or group of three lines, ***** in three cantiche or canticas. Each cantica contains 33 cantos (plus one canto ***** introduction). *****re is also multiple ***** three in each cantica. Inferno has nine circles, Purgatario has nine terraces and ***** has ***** heavens. Dante uses th***** dem*****ing and innovative Italian verse form called terza rima. The divine comedy presents an overview of the moral codes, attitudes, philosophies of ***** period.

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

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


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