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    Beatrice Portinari is seen throughout the book of “Dante The Divine Comedy”. She originally meets Dante in the year 1274, on May Day in Florence, Italy. Beatrice is from a wealthy Florentine family and was eight years old the first time they meet and did not speak a word to each other (Cotter, 21). She was the principle inspiration for Dante’s La Vita Nuova, a book about Dante’s love connection to her (Passages to the Past). Dante and Beatrice have only met twice, but Dante was so touched by both

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    The Devine Comedy

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    considered holy. Dante’s dead love Beatrice asks the Virgin Mary to help him see the error of his ways. Mary accepts and Dante is sent to hell for 3 days. Next he goes up Mount Purgatory on the other side of the world, then to Heaven in the sky. Dante is lost at the beginning of the story, so he needs guides to help him along. His first guide, through Hell and Purgatory, is Virgil. They encounter many sinners on the way. Dante learns to hate sin. His second guide is Beatrice, the woman he adored while she

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    Dante Alighieri

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    the early death of his mother and then his father when he was 18. He managed to get through these bad occurrences and fell in love with a Florentine noblewoman named Beatrice Portinari in 1274 but she also died not long afterwards. He once said that the most significant occurrence of his childhood was his meeting with his love, Beatrice. She was glorified in “La vita nuova'; (“The New Life';) and again later in “La divina commedia'; (“The Divine Comedy';). Although his great

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    Alighieri was born in May/June of 1265, from a family of lower aristocracy, or a lower class family, in Florence, Italy. In school, he mainly studied Latin poetry, literature, and rhetoric. After this he started to have sort of a fatal attraction to Beatrice Portinari, who is mentioned...

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    Those Who By Insight Know What Love Is

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    it clear that he believes in the transcendent power and effects of love. La Vita Nuova is a collection of poetry and prose describing Dante’s love for Beatrice Portinari. Though both Dante and Beatrice married others during the time chronicled in La Vita Nuova, the love he professes for her is pure and all consuming. Indeed, for Dante, Beatrice represents absolute beauty and nobility of spirit. He refers to her as his “most gracious lady,” and she comes to represent the most perfect object of love

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    The Dark Ages were a time of despair as the churches had full control over the kings and brainwashed the minds of the people. The popes chose who would be excommunicated and sent to hell. People believed in fatalism, a better afterlife than the life they were living. This belief made the lives of people boring because they did not want to do anything too risky or revolutionary because their afterlife was going to be better. When the Renaissance came, that all changed. The churches began to lose power

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    Dante: Reason and religion. Retrieved December 14, 2011, from http://web.ebscohost.com/src/detail?sid=5cd2709b-b242-4ee4-b1ba-8dc080c53953%40sessionmgr13&vid=1&hid=13&bdata=JnNpdGU9c3JjLWxpdmU%3d#db=ulh&AN=59526105 Chou, P. (1999). Romance: Dante & Beatrice. Retrieved December 9, 2011, from http://www.wisdomportal.com/Romance/Dante-Beatrice.html Hutchinson’s Biography Database. (2011). Dante Alighieri. Retrieved December 9, 2011, from http://web.ebscohost.com/src/detail?sid=c33e3860-8c08-48cc-b3e1

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    dante

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    with another girl whom he called Beatrice. She was 9 years old. Years later Dante met Beatrice again. He had become interested in writing verse, and although he wrote several sonnets to Beatrice, he never mentioned his wife Gemma in any of his poems. One of his early sonnets Dante sent to the poet Guido Cavalcanti, which started their friendship. Dante also dedicated his first book to Cavalcanti. The work, LA VITA NUOVA (1292), celebrated Dante's love for Beatrice. The nature of his love had its roots

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    Dante Alighieri: Hell

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    Florence, the son of Alighiero II, his family was one of lower nobility. His mother died when he was a child and his father when he was eighteen. According to him, the most profound event in his youth was when in 1274 he met Beatrice, whom scholars believe to be Beatrice Portinari, a noble woman. It really matter's not who she was, for he saw her infrequently and never spoke to her. Nevertheless she became the focus of his love, and after her death she became his muse. She is a focal point in his works

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    Dante Alighieri Legacy

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    Dante Alighieri - The Man and the Divine Comedy Onorate l'altissimo poeta; L'ombra sua torna, ch'era dipartita - “Honor the Prince of Poets; the soul and glory that went from us returns (Inferno, Canto IV) Dante Alighieri. The Italian poet, philosopher, and master. He is defined, like all men and women before and after, by his name, his identity, and his legacy. His name and his work was the light that truly signaled the end of the Dark Ages, and the light that illuminated the dawn of the European

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    Good and evil are concocted differently in every imagination. To some, evil is the most appalling sins, including such heinous acts such as murder, rape, distortion, or betrayal. To others, evil might be something so simple as indecisiveness, extravagance, or vain glory. Goodness is ambiguous to mankind as well because one man might define goodness as the ordinary man living a free life, yet another might conclude that true goodness is obtainable only through a perfect, honorable lifestyle, completely

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    mountain that Dante needs to go through hell and then purgatory to reach paradise. As Virgil and Dante approach the beginning of hell, Dante is skeptical because very few men have went through hell and have come back, but Virgil explains to Dante that Beatrice has sent Virgil to lead Dante. This encourages Dante and he uses Virgil as his mentor/ leader for his journey through hell and

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    Dante's Work

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    represented by Dante. Although Vita Nuova it is widely known as the most noble manifesto of Italian poetry (Hede, p.34), and the most perfect expression of the sweet new style, a mostly candid and ingénue story of Dante's love for the Florentine Beatrice Portinari, Dante’s name became synonymous with The Divine Comedy. The writer began to write his masterpiece since 1307, before his exile years, and it was the capital work that Dante has developed until the last moment of his life (Raffa, 12). Based

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    Etched in the backbone of numerous medieval texts is the closing line of Dante's Paradiso, "the love that moves the sun and the other stars" (Paradise XXXIII; 145). This short line of iambic pentameter encapsulates the broad notion of divine love, which in the Medieval Period, was considered the driving force towards the infinite. In Dante's Divine Comedy, Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love, and Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica, divine love is a central theme exposed in true human love

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne honors Dante in 'Young Goodman Brown' Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) wrote Young Goodman Brown in 1835 some 514 years after Dante Alighieri passing in 1321. It is a short story of only 10 pages of prose; yet, it captures the essence of the first three verses of La Divina Commedia. In fact I can say that his little story throw great light on the interpretation of these verses. Over the past seven centuries many great scholars have honed their talents to the text of La Divina

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    go through the fire. From the other side, Dante hears, “Beati mundo corde” which translated means “Blessed are the pure in heart.” (Dante, The Divine Comedy II: Purgatory, p. 286) finding the courage within himself steps through the fire to find Beatrice, who was once the one he loved from

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    Allegory (A Discussion of Reflective Allegory in Circles of Hell Within Dante’s, Inferno) In the study of Dante’s, Inferno, one must consider the historical significance of the text to understand the allegorical nature of the poem. At the time that Dante wrote this story, he had recently been exiled from his homeland of Florence, Italy. This story was his attempt to gain fame and exact a form of written revenge on those who had wronged him. What better way to scare those that exiled him than create

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    Beatrice in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and the Vita Nuova Se quanto infino a qui di lei si dice fosse conchiuso tutto in una loda, poco sarebbe a fornir questa vice. La bellezza ch’io vidi si trasmoda non pur di lá da noi, ma certo io credo che solo il suo fattor tutta la goda” (Paradiso, XXX) In Dante and Difference, Jeremy Tambling asserts that “Beatrice is throughout dealt with in the Commedia with the assumption that she will already be a familiar figure” in order to make the

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    saints of Heaven. The most developed characters we find in Commedia are Dante, Virgil and Beatrice. Yet there are several minor characters that if one looks more closely are just as interesting as our main stars. One such minor character is my favorite Matelda, and also a perfect example of Dante’s brilliance in characterization. Matelda is a minor guide that helps Dante after Virgil disappears, and until Beatrice takes him to heaven (Cantos XXVIII- XXXIII). Although Matelda may look like a plain old

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    Dante’s works Vita Nuova and Purgatorio includes his own experiences with many dreams throughout the course of his journey. These dreams are not simply just extensions of his experiences, but rather they pose important symbolism of his works. Although the content and the actual symbolism of each dream are different, there are parallel allegorical aspects between them. The main symbolic similarity of each dream is that they foreshadows and bridges Dante’s current situation and upcoming undertakings

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