Dante Alighieri was exiled from Florence in 1302. He had joined the political scene, and after holding a few different positions, the leading political party at the time called the Black Guelphs, decided they didn’t want Dante in their city anymore. Dante, began traveling, withdrew from all political activities and focused on one thing, his writing. The next few years and until 1321 when he passed away, Dante was in the most creative period of his life. His most popular work being La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy), an epic poem describing the journey through the Christian afterlife.
Durante degli Alighieri, also known as Dante was born on either May or June in 1265. Dante was a great Italian poet of the late middle ages. His most notable work is “The Divine Comedy”, which is considered the greatest literary work to ever be written in the world of literature. To write The Divine Comedy, he used some characters which he has read about and people from his life. Virgil who was his guide in Hell, is an ancient Roman poet who wrote “The Aeneid”.
In his treatise, De Monarchia, which presented his views of monarchy and the conflict between the church and the state. While recognizing that man’s eternal life is ultimately more important than his earthly life, Dante believed that is the Emperor who was responsible for directing man towards happiness on Earth, while the Pope managed man’s eternal life. Hence, he argued for the autonomy of the temporal side, under the Emperor, from that of the spiritual side, under the Pope. In refuting Pope Innocent III’s theory that just as the moon reflects light from the sun, so too do temporal rulers obtain their rights from the pope, Dante asserted that since both pope and emperor are mortal, they each derived their powers and authority directly from
In the Italian Literature “The Divine Comedy”, written by Dante’ Alighieri in between 1308-1321 when he had died is said to be one of the most promising readings that has survived through history. Dante uses descriptive words and ironic characters in his writing that allow the readers to connect and follow easier. His sense of imagery is captivating when he’s describing the different stages and creatures, devils, and places we can visually see it in our minds, which makes his readings remarkable for its time. Dante makes his story very gruesome and real, he uses everything to inflict pain and torture souls as the way he thinks of hell. Dante uses himself as first person in this story to see his journey towards God.
All in all we understood how Dante emphasis punishment for people who cheat each other’s. However, the inferno by Dante portrayed some significant themes as well. The first theme he is trying to show up is man and the natural world. We have to keep in our mind the inferno is what give us imagination about the hell. The violent, especially those who have sinned against nature, demonstrate in the image of
Dante’s usage of mythological creatures in the Inferno was well thought out, with every creature having its own role and place. An educated man, Dante Alighieri knew,not only, how to write worlds into his paper but also, how to write them into the minds of his readers. He uses character placement to make his stories more realistic. His characters are people, or things, that the people in his time would be familiar with. They connect his writings to the real world, creating a sense of reality.
117) being the first sinner that Dante starts to understand the nature of the sin committed, “accursed spirit, do thou remain and rot! I know thee, filthy as thou art – I know” (lines 38-39). Both of the sinners relating to the theme of historical figures that Dante the poet uses for the purpose of the allegorical poem to be a success. With regards to the inconsistency of the role of the sinners: Virgil initially took the role as Dante’s guide from the dark wood to the gates of purgatory where in one incident he was denied access to the City of Dis in the eight canto (Sayers, Dante The Divine Comedy 1: Hell 116). The scene itself overlaps with ideas relating to biblical texts where ‘Dis’ is the pagan word for the king of Hell, being Satan (p. 121).
Within the narritive Dante's Inferno, Dante decided to include Classical and Biblical figures to create allusions. Some of these figures include Paola and Francesca, the 12 deciples, Flippo Argenti, Aristotle and even the Christ himslef. Throughout the journey that Dante and Virgil take, they face various obstacles questioning their strength to go further. The allusions that Dante includes help construct the meaning throughout the Canto's by having references to look back on and compare to. For example; Paopla and Francesca with their lovers quarrel, Christ coming down into the underworld to save those who have not committed a sin and is residing in the Noble Castle.
The poem starts out with Dante lost direction in misty wood. There are three beasts attacking him at the same time, which make him cannot hide and move around. The mountain symbolizes the path of deliverance; on the other side, a lion, a leopard, and a wolf represent pride, jealousy and greed trying to compel Dante to go down to the bottom of
The three books rhyme in the last verse, because they end with the same word: stelle, meaning 'star '. First, Dante called his work: Comedy. The adjective "Divine" was added for the first time in an edition of 1555. The Divine Comedy had great influence on poets, musicians, painters,