Monday, May 2, 2011

Divine Comedy

was the first book I read, I hope you enjoy it as I



          The Divine Comedy (Italian: la Divina Commedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature,and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature.

                    The Divine Comedy is in three parts, one that details his spiritual travels through Hell, one for Purgatory, and the other that takes him through Heaven, guided always by a figure of legend. In “Inferno,” the poet finds himself lost in dark woods, and though he tries to find his way out, he ultimately meets the ancient poet, Virgil. Virgil explains that in order to reach Paradise, Dante must first follow him on a tour of Hell, and then leads him down through the gates. For Dante, there are nine circles of Hell, each tailored to the sinners who go there. The sixth through the ninth circles have inner levels within each of them, and on the fourth level of the ninth circle of hell (where traitors to their masters reside) he finds Satan himself. The two poets exit Hell in time for the sun’s rising on Easter Sunday, and that is where Virgil leads him on to Purgatory. In this place, Dante is marked with seven P’s for each of the sins, and as they climb, these are removed and the climbing becomes easier. Purgatory, too, is terraced like Hell, but here the sinners could climb higher with proper prayer and repentance measures. There are seven terraces to Purgatory, with their corresponding historical and very real figures, and after the seventh he passed through a wall of fire to be guided in Paradise by his Lady, Beatrice, leaving Virgil behind. To pass through the river Lethe, Dante is told to confess his sins, but he instead faints and is carried across to find Beatrice. He finds Heaven has seven Spheres for each virtue and those who lived them so fully they became inhabitants, then Fixed Stars where many Apostles lived, and finally the ninth heaven (space itself) allowed him to witness Christ and the Virgin Mary entering and to gaze upon divinity as the angels sang. He’s left alone, though, to be one with God, and has no words to describe the greatness he finds.








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Source: http://www.shvoong.com/books/classic-literature/2241-divine-comedy/#ixzz1LDsJKiBF

13 comments:

  1. I loved the game! Dante's Inferno was awesome...

    Devine comment sounds good but i dunno i think a bit of heavy reading xD

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  2. This is a must-read. The lore used in it has translated into so many other pieces of entertainment. Absolute must-have for anyone with a book collection!

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  3. I read it a year ago. Is just magnific.
    Good book!

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  4. Dante is a really good book bro, i remember this on the high school, a really really good book

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  5. I haven't read this. But from what everyone else is saying, I'm going to see if I can't find it now. Thanks for the tip! Can't wait to read more of these.

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  6. Que buena onda, a mi me toco leerlo cuando iba en la prepa :D

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  7. haber si voy agarrando un buen libro jeje

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  8. comedy books are great, like hitch hikers guide

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  9. This is the FIRST book you ever read? Mine was Burglar Bill lol :P

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  10. Thanks for the heads up! Sounds like a must-read!

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  11. I think I might give this book a go, it does seem a little more engaging than Curious George.

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