Dante Alighieri

(1265 - 1321 / Florence / Italy)

Dante Alighieri
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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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  • ''"Medusa, come, we'll turn him into stone," they shouted all together glaring down, "how wrong we were to let off Theseus lightly!"''
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 9, l. 52-4, The Divine Comedy (c. 1307-1321), trans. by Mark Musa (1971). Dante is thre...
  • ''Abandon all hope, you who enter here!''
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 3, l. 9, The Divine Comedy (1321). Inscription at the entrance to Hell.
  • There sighs, lamentations and loud wailings resounded through the starless air, so that at first it made me weep; strange tongues, horrible language, words of pain, tones of anger, voices loud and hoa...
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 3, l. 22, The Divine Comedy (1321).
  • ''I wept not, so to stone within I grew.''
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 33, l. 49, The Divine Comedy (1321). Said by Count Ugolino.
  • ''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 ...
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