The Inferno by Dante Alighieri

By Dante Alighieri

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    Canto I, lines I-3, page 3) “And a fair, saintly Lady called to me In such wise, I besought her to command me. ” (Canto II, lines 53-55, page 9) “Bestir thee now, and with thy speech ornate, And with what needful is for this release, Assist him so, that I may be consoled. ” (Canto IV, lines 41-42, page 20) They go by turns each one unto the judgment; They speak, and hear, and then are downward hurled. ” (Canto xv, lines 95-96, page 80) “Behold the monster with the pointed tail, Who cleaves the hills, and breaketh walls and weapons, Behold him who infecteth all the world:‘ (Canto XVII, lines I-3.

    Consequently, the entire work is subdivided into three parts, each corresponding to one of the three possibilities in the Christian afterlife. In Inferno XX: 1—3, Dante refers to the part of the poem devoted to Hell as “the first song” (“la prima canzon”). Canzone means both “song” in a generic sense but may also refer to a specific poetic genre, a relatively long composition, the rough equivalent of the ode, with a number of stanzas and an envoy. Dante valued the Italian canzone form for its rich poetic possibilities.

    1282 Dante’s father dies, leaving a modest inheritance of property. 1283 Dante passes Beatrice in the street and she greets him. The encounter inspires a visionlike dream, which Dante recounts in a sonnet that he circulates around Florence. One of the readers, the poet Guido Cavalcanti, becomes Dante’s friend and mentor. About the same time Dante finds a role model and teacher in Brunetto Latini, a writer and influential Florentine politician and man of letters. 1285 Dante is married to Gemma Donati, to whom he was be throthed when he was twelve and Gemma was ten.

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