Dante's Inferno


Dante Alighieri, one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages, was
born in Florence, Italy on June 5, 1265. He was born to a middle-class
Florentine family. At an early age he began to write poetry and became
fascinated with lyrics. During his adolescence, Dante fell inlove with a
beautiful girl named Beatrice Portinari. He saw her only twice but she
provided much inspiration for his literary masterpieces. Her death at a
young age left him grief-stricken. His first book, La Vita Nuova, was
written about her. Sometime before 1294, Dante married Gemma Donati. They
had four children.
Dante was active in the political and military life of Florence.
He entered the army as a youth and ...

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Dante became more neutral later in life
realizing that the church was corrupt, believing it should only be involved
in spiritual affairs.
At the turn of the century, Dante rose from city councilman to
ambassador of Florence. His career ended in 1301 when the Black Guelph and
their French allies seized control of the city. They took Dante's
possessions and sentenced him to be permanently banished from Florence,
threatening the death penalty upon him if he returned.
Dante spent most of his time in exile writing new pieces of
literature. It is believed that around 1307 he interrupts his unfinished
work, Convivio, a reflection of his love poetry philosophy of the Roman
tradition, to begin The Comedy (later known as The Divine Comedy). He
writes a book called De Vulgari Eloquentia explaining his idea to combine a
number of Italian dialects to create a new national language. In 1310 he
writes De Monarchia presenting Dante's case for a one-ruler world order.
Among his works, ...

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disappointment
and questions, but they persevere. The end of their journey leads Dante
and Virgil to the bottom of Hell. Lucifer is seen in all his ugliness and
they are drawn towards Heaven. They emerge to the surface, rising above
the ugliness of sin and journey towards their goal as they catch sight of
the stars shining in the heavens. Their journey begins on Good Friday and
they emerge from Hell on the day of Resurrection, Easter Sunday on the
underside of the world, in the hemisphere of water at the foot of Mount
Purgatory.
Dante's vision expresses his personal experience, through images to
convey his interpretation of the nature of human existence. He writes in
the first ...

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