Dante Alighieri: A Poetic Descent Into Metaphorical Hell



"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here"
Only through a journey into hell can we hope to attain paradise...


His Early Life:

Dante Alighieri was born under the sign of Gemini, he was thought to be
born on May 29, but this is not certain. He was born in Florence, the son of
Alighiero II, his family was one of lower nobility. His mother died when he was
a child and his father when he was eighteen. According to him, the most
profound event in his youth was when in 1274 he met Beatrice, whom scholars
believe to be Beatrice Portinari, a noble woman. It really matter's not who she
was, for he saw her infrequently and never spoke to her. Nevertheless she
became the focus of his love, and ...

Want to read the rest of this paper?
Join Essayworld today to view this entire essay
and over 50,000 other term papers

of Guido
Cavalcanti, a popular Italian poet of the day, as Dante's skill became more
defined the two became friends. It is also thought that Dante studied at the
university in Bologna around the year 1285.
He became involved in some political altercations, he joined the Guelphs,
as opposed to the Chibellines, and he was involved in a battle and emerged
victorious. It was around this time, 1290, that Beatrice died, after she died
he began studying philosophy, he read the works of Boethius and Cicero. He soon
after married Gemma Donati, a member of a noble Florentine Guelph family. He
attempted to settle down and forget Beatrice, however he became more and more
engulfed in the party scene, he discovered the pleasure of banquets, and was
seen engaged in public rhyming contests. These contests were a sort of poetic
insult contest that often decayed into vulgarity. Thankfully, this period did
not last long, in 1295, Dante suddenly became very interested in the ...

Get instant access to over 50,000 essays.
Write better papers. Get better grades.


Already a member? Login

Florence.
Dante's immediate response was a desire to join with the other exiles
and organize, they would retake the city by force. The exiled people were more
concerned with their own interests than retaking Florence, the movement never
even really got underway. There were a few isolated skirmishes, called the Wars
of Mugello, but they were all unsuccessful. Dante was disgusted by the utter
lack of motivation in his companions, and he decided to go his own way.
Dante spent time in Northern Italy and in Verona, he made his way to
Paris around 1307, there he joined the Ghibellines, hoping to unite all of
Europe under the reign of an "enlightened emperor"1. There are no certain
records ...

Succeed in your coursework without stepping into a library.
Get access to a growing library of notes, book reports,
and research papers in 2 minutes or less.


CITE THIS PAGE:

Dante Alighieri: A Poetic Descent Into Metaphorical Hell. (2008, December 6). Retrieved November 25, 2017, from http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Dante-Alighieri-Poetic-Descent-Into-Metaphorical/94200
"Dante Alighieri: A Poetic Descent Into Metaphorical Hell." Essayworld.com. Essayworld.com, 6 Dec. 2008. Web. 25 Nov. 2017. <http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Dante-Alighieri-Poetic-Descent-Into-Metaphorical/94200>
"Dante Alighieri: A Poetic Descent Into Metaphorical Hell." Essayworld.com. December 6, 2008. Accessed November 25, 2017. http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Dante-Alighieri-Poetic-Descent-Into-Metaphorical/94200.
"Dante Alighieri: A Poetic Descent Into Metaphorical Hell." Essayworld.com. December 6, 2008. Accessed November 25, 2017. http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Dante-Alighieri-Poetic-Descent-Into-Metaphorical/94200.
JOIN NOW
Join today and get instant access to this and 50,000+ other essays


PAPER DETAILS
Added: 12/6/2008 08:11:32 AM
Category: Biographies
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 1653
Pages: 7

Save | Report

SHARE THIS PAPER

SAVED ESSAYS
Save and find your favorite essays easier

SIMILAR ESSAYS
Dante Alighieri: A Poetic Desce...
Dante Alighieri
Dantes Reconciliation Of A Lov
Dante Alighieri 2
Christian Elements In Beowulf
Christian Elements In Beowulf
Study On Juvenile Psychopaths
Compare And Contrast Dystopian
Study On Juvenile Psychopaths
King Lear - Imprisonment
Copyright | Cancel | Contact Us

Copyright © 2017 Essayworld. All rights reserved