Friday, June 12, 2020

Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy)

First posted 6/12/2020; updated 6/26/2020.

The Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia)

Dante Alighieri

Completed: 1320

Category: poetry

Sales: 12 million


About the Book:

The Divine Comedy is a narrative poem begun around 1308 and completed in 1320 It is widely considered “the pre-eminent work in Italian literature.” WK Its “imaginative vision of the afterlife is representative of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Curch by the 14th century.” WK

The poem consists of three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, focused respectively on Dante’s journeys through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. “Allegorically, the poem represents the soul’s journey towards God, beginning with the recognition and rejection of sin (Inferno), followed by the penitent Christian life (Purgatorio), … [and] the soul’s ascent to God (Paradiso).” WK

“Crystallizing the power and beauty inherent in the great poet’s…conception of the aspiring soul,” AZ this “poetic masterpiece…is a moving human drama” AZ and “a dazzling work of sublime truth and mystical intensity” AZ “belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature.” AZ

“Its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.” BN

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