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

Originally Dante called ***** famous collection of poems, *****, the adjective divine was added in 16th century by Boccaccio ***** ***** 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 and comedy as practiced during that period. ***** described tragedy as a high style poetry ***** the comedy ***** a low style. ***** 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 'Inferno' and the end ***** heaven ***** its pleasant descriptions. ***** style is humble because it is wr*****ten in the 'vulgar' language (*****), ***** used by common people.

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

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

The poem is now regarded as a masterpiece but it ***** ***** 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 ***** basically ignored. Henry Cash's first English translation introduced the ***** Comedy to the English speaking world. The true recognition of the poet came with ***** Longfellow's translation of *****'s epic. William Blake, T. S. Elliott, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce extensive use of Dante's *****. New *****s and new editions of Dante's work are published almost every year now. In the word of ***** writer Jorge Borges, the Divine ***** "is a book th*****t everyone ought to read. Not to do so is to deprive oneself of ***** ***** gift that literature can give us; ***** submit to a strange asceticism."

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

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