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The Divine Comedy (Leather-bound Classics)

The Divine Comedy (Leather-bound Classics)


Book Overview: The Divine Comedy (Leather-bound Classics)

Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso--the three fates of the deceased become the three pillars of an epic poem. The Divine Comedy, written by Italian poet Dante Alighieri in the fourteenth century, is considered the foremost work in Italian literature. The journey begins with Dante's descent into the depths of Hell where he witnesses those eternally separated from God. Then he climbs the mountain of Purgatory where Christian souls undergo final purification, before finally touring the celestial circles of Heaven where he is filled with the image of God. An allegorical work, the comedy is representative of the soul's journey towards God. Influential for seven centuries, this classic is a must have for lovers of great literature, and the luxurious leather-bound edition from Canterbury Classics will make a stunning addition to any library.

"O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?"

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PublisherCanterbury Classics
Publication Date2013-11-12
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Dante Alighieri was a renowned Italian poet, philosopher, and political thinker, most famous for his epic masterpiece, "The Divine Comedy". Born in Florence in 1265, he played a crucial role in establishing the Italian language as a serious medium for literary expression at a time when Latin was the dominant language of scholars. Allegedly a member of the White Guelphs, Dante was passionately involved in the political disputes of his time. His views led to his exile from Florence in 1302—an experience that deeply influenced his writings. This period of exile also saw the creation of his greatest work, "The Divine Comedy", a visionary journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. Dante's profound influence on literature cannot be understated. His imaginative portrayal of the afterlife and pioneering use of the vernacular laid the groundwork for future writers. Today, Dante is commemorated as the "Father of the Italian Language" and is recognized as one of the greatest poets in world literature.


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