Durante degli Alighieri, mononymously referred to as Dante, was an Italian poet, prose writer, literary theorist, moral philosopher, and political thinker. He is best known for the monumental epic poem La commedia, later named La divina commedia (Divine Comedy), considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.
In Italy he is known as il Sommo Poeta ("the Supreme Poet") or just il Poeta. Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio are also known as "the three fountains" or "the three crowns". Dante is also called the "Father of the Italian language"
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Dante Alighieri Poems
Love and the Gentle Heart
Love and the gentle heart are one thing, just as the poet says in his verse, each from the other one as well divorced as reason from the mind’s reasoning.
There is a Gentle Thought
There is a gentle thought that often springs to life in me, because it speaks of you. Its reasoning about love’s so sweet and true, the heart is conquered, and accepts these things.
I have come, alas, to the great circle of shadow, to the short day and to the whitening hills, when the colour is all lost from the grass, though my desire will not lose its green, so rooted is it in this hardest stone, that speaks and feels as though it were a woman.
LA DIVINA COMMEDIA di Dante Alighieri INFERNO Inferno: Canto I
Inferno Canto 01
Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita mi ritrovai per una selva oscura ché la diritta via era smarrita .
Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf How the heart feels a languid grief Laid on it for a covering, And how sleep seems a goodly thing
La Vita Nuova
In that book which is My memory . . . On the first page That is the chapter when
Sonnet: Spirit Of Love
I felt a spirit of love begin to stir Within my heart, long time unfelt till then; And saw Love coming towards me fair and fain
Ulysses' Last Voyage
I launched her with my small remaining band and, putting out to sea, we set the main on that lone ship and said farewell to land.
Per me si va ne la città dolente, per me si va ne l'etterno dolore, per me si va tra la perduta gente .
Sonnet: Beauty Of Her Face
For certain he hath seen all perfectness Who among other ladies hath seen mine: They that go with her humbly should combine
LA DIVINA COMMEDIA di Dante Alighieri PURGATORIO
Lo giorno se n'andava, e l'aere bruno toglieva li animai che sono in terra da le fatiche loro; e io sol uno
Sonnet: I Muse Over
At whiles (yea oftentimes) I muse over The quality of anguish that is mine Through Love: then pity makes my voice to pine
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''This miserable state is borne by the wretched souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise.''Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 3, l. 34, The Divine Comedy (1321). referring to the souls of the Futile (See Dante on ...
''Let us not speak of them; but look, and pass on.''Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 3, l. 51, The Divine Comedy (1321). Said by Virgil, of the souls of the Futile in the v...
''Midway along the journey of our life [Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita] I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path.''Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 1, l. 1-3, The Divine Comedy (c. 1307-1321), trans. by Mark Musa (1971). First lines of...
''There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.''Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 5, l. 121-3, The Divine Comedy (1321). spoken by Francesca da Rimini. This thought appe...
''O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!''Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Purgatory," cto. 3, The Divine Comedy (completed 1321).
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Love and the Gentle Heart
Love and the gentle heart are one thing,
just as the poet says in his verse,
each from the other one as well divorced
as reason from the mind’s reasoning.
Nature craves love, and then creates love king,
and makes the heart a palace where he’ll stay,
perhaps a shorter or a longer day,
breathing quietly, gently slumbering.
Then beauty in a virtuous woman’s face
makes the eyes yearn, and strikes the heart,
so that the eyes’ desire’s reborn again,
and often, rooting there with longing, stays,
Till love, at last, out of its dreaming ...