LA COMMEDIA BY DANTE ALIGHIERI

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. -DANTE ALIGHIERI

Italian poet, literary theorist, prose writer, philosopher, and political thinker Dante Alighieri was born in Florence, Italy. Best known for his poem la Commedia.

La Commedia (the divine comedy) is considered as one of the world literature’s greatest poems. The divine comedy is about the journey through the afterlife, it’s a very long poem of about 14,233 lines.

It took 10 years Dante to write this poem. Dante to write this poem.

The poem is divided into 3 sections (each section consisting of 33 verses); Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. In La Commedia, he recounts his journey through hell, purgatory, and paradise. Beatrice was the lover of Dante, who died too soon at the age of 25. Virgil (Roman poet) guides Dante through Inferno(hell) and Purgatorio(purgatory), while Beatrice guides him through Paradiso(heaven).

After that Dante comes face to face with God himself and the journey ends with true heroic and spiritual fulfillment.

The poem is written from Dante’s perspective and follows Dante’s journey through hell, purgatory, and final heaven. Dante the character in the poem is a fictional creation of Dante the poet. Dante’s journey through the afterlife was his spiritual journey.

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