Dante Alighieri Poems
- There Is A Gentle Thought There is a gentle thought that ...
- Love And The Gentle Heart Love and the gentle heart are one ...
- Sonnet: Beauty Of Her Face For certain he hath seen all ...
- La Vita Nuova In that book which is My memory . . . On the ...
- Sestina I have come, alas, to the great circle of shadow, to...
- Inferno Canto 01 Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita mi ...
- Sonnet: Spirit Of Love I felt a spirit of love begin to ...
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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''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).
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.
‘Who is this’ the mind enquires of the heart,
‘who comes here to seduce our intellect?
Is his power so great we must reject
every other intellectual art?
The heart replies ‘O, meditative mind
this is love’s messenger and newly sent
to bring me all Love’s words and desires.
His life, and all the strength that he can find,
from her sweet eyes are mercifully lent,
who feels ...