The Divine Comedy by Dante AlighieriThe Divine Comedy describes Dantes descent into Hell with Virgil as a guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and encounter with his dead love, Beatrice; and finally, his arrival in Heaven. Examining questions of faith, desire and enlightenment, the poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human redemption.
Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265 and belonged to a noble but impoverished family. His life was divided by political duties and poetry, the most of famous of which was inspired by his meeting with Bice Portinari, whom he called Beatrice,including La Vita Nuova and The Divine Comedy. He died in Ravenna in 1321.
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Dante Alighieri is the author of the Divine Comedy. He is a famous Italian epic poet. Dante was born into a middle-class Florentine family. He began writing poetry at an early age, and the lyrics fascinated him. He fell in love with a girl named Beatrice whom he saw only twice in his life but she was his inspiration for the legendary masterpieces. She died at an early age which left him heartbroken.
It is widely considered to be the pre-eminent work in Italian literature  and one of the greatest works of world literature. It helped establish the Tuscan language , in which it is written also in most present-day Italian-market editions , as the standardized Italian language. The narrative describes Dante's travels through Hell , Purgatory , and Paradise or Heaven ,  while allegorically the poem represents the soul's journey towards God. The adjective Divina was added by Giovanni Boccaccio , and the first edition to name the poem Divina Comedia in the title was that of the Venetian humanist Lodovico Dolce ,  published in by Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari. An initial canto , serving as an introduction to the poem and generally considered to be part of the first cantica , brings the total number of cantos to
Frances Di Lauro does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. It might not sound all that funny, but Dante called his epic poem a comedy because, unlike tragedies that begin on a high note and end tragically, comedies begin badly but end well. The poem indeed ends well, with the protagonist, also named Dante, reaching his desired destination — heaven — a place of beauty and calm, light and ultimate good. Conversely, the inferno is dark, morose and inhabited by irredeemable sinners. Dante wrote the comedy during his exile from Florence between and his death in It is the first significant text written in the Italian vernacular and is written in terza rima , an interlocking three-line rhyme scheme invented by the author. Dante set the beginning of the story on Holy Thursday , , when he was years-old.
Literary ambition seems to have been with Dante, born in , from early in life when he wished to become a pharmacist. In late 13th Century Florence, books were sold in apothecaries, a testament to the common notion that words on paper or parchment could affect minds with their ideas as much as any drug. And what an addiction The Divine Comedy inspired: a literary work endlessly adapted, pinched from, referenced and remixed, inspiring painters and sculptors for centuries. There is no third. View image of Credit: Alamy. Dante narrates The Divine Comedy in the first person as his own journey to Hell and Purgatory by way of his guide Virgil, the poet of Roman antiquity who wrote the Aeneid, and then to Heaven, led by his ideal woman Beatrice, a fellow Florentine for whom he felt romantic longing but who died at a very young age.