"The Divine Comedy" - Dante Alighieri's "Inferno"
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This paper examines the scholars and the de-contextualization of Dante's "Inferno" - with special emphasis upon canto III. The paper summarizes the scene when a fearful Dante first enters Hell and discusses its significance in terms of understanding Dante and his world. The paper also looks at how intellectuals view Dante's "Inferno". The writer believes that the work stands out as a classic example of the medieval allegory play taken to new rhetorical heights. The writer concludes that it is also an example of how even the simplest works, if powerfully wrought, can spark wide discussion among academics who seek out meanings unimagined by the author.
From the Paper:"Ultimately, the canto, like the rest of the cantica, is a potential mirror into the world in which Dante Alighieri lived as well as a mirror into his own inner turmoil as a devout Christian seeking a purpose to his life as well as answers to questions that presumably many devout Christians were asking in the fourteenth century. To start with, the canto (in the original Italian, anyway) was written in the demanding terza rima rhyme pattern (Scott para.2) and, even in English translations, the text can be difficult to follow as Dante tries to bend the language into shapes and forms to which it does not adhere willingly."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Alighieri, Dante. "The Divine Comedy - Inferno (Canto III)." Archive of Classic Poems. Selendy Communications. 13 Feb. 2007 <http://www.everypoet.com/Archive/poetry/dante/dante_i_03.htm>.
- Nikulin, Dmitri. "The Distorting Mirror of Hell (On the Interpretation of Pluto's Words in Dante's Inferno, VII, 1)." Orbis Litterarum 55.4 (Aug. 2000): 250-262.
- Pinnelli, Luisa. "La trasgressione positiva. La gioventute." Giornale Storico di Psicologia Dinamica 15.28 (1990): 75-102.
- Scott, Anika. "Dante's Divine Comedy, A Pre-Renaissance Classic." Suite 101. 11 Jul. 2001. 13 Feb. 2007 <http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/italian_renaissance/74472>.
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