Dante: The Divine Comedy
In this accessible critical introduction to Dante's Divine Comedy Robin Kirkpatrick principally focuses on Dante as a poet and storyteller. He addresses important questions such as Dante's attitude towards Virgil, and demonstrates how an early work such as the Vita nuova is a principal source of the literary achievement of the Comedy. His detailed reading reveals how the great narrative poem explores the relationship that Dante believed to exist between God as creator of the universe and the human being as a creature of God.
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The Divine Comedy
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Aeneas Aeneid allegorical Aquinas Aristotle Arnaut Daniel Beatrice begins Boccaccio Boethius Brunetto cantica canto canzone Christ Christian concern Convivio crisis damned Dante Dante's narrative develop display Divine Comedy Donna Gentile Donne ch'avete Earthly Paradise emotion emphasises episode eternal example exile expressed Farinata fiction final Florence Francesca Guido Guinizzelli Guinizzelli Heaven Hell historical human I. A. Richards ignavi images imagination Inferno intellectual journey judgement justice language Latin linguistic literary lyric Malebolge meaning Michelangelo mind Monarchia moral myth nature Pamdiso Paradiso passion philosophical Piccarda Piero poem poet poetic poetry praise prose protagonist providential Purg Purgatorio purpose rational reader reading realised reality reason recognise reveal screen lady seen sense sequence sinners sonnet speak speech sphere spiritual style tensions terzina theme throughout the Comedy tion tragic truth Ulysses understanding vernacular verse Virgil Virgilian virtues Vita nuova voice Vulgari Eloquentia words XXIII