Dante's lyric poems

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Legas, Jun 1, 1992 - Fiction - 242 pages
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Contents

INDEX OF FIRST LINES Xi
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A ciascunalma presa e gentil core
24
Ballata i vi che tu ritrovi Amore
30
Spesse fiate vegnonmi a la mente
36
occhi porta la mia donna Amore
42
A KINDLY LADY IN HER YOUTHFUL YEARS
45
FELT A LOVING SPIRIT SUDDENLY
51
Venite a intender li sospiri miei
58
Le dolci rime damor chi solia
80
Dante Da Maiano a diversi rimatori
88
Dante Da Maiano a Dante Alighieri
94
Ignoto a Dante
100
Dante a Cino
106
Dante a Messer Cio Da Pistoia
108
Forese a Dante
114
poriano gi mai fare ammenda
120

Lamaro lagrimar che voi faceste
64
Voi che ntendendo il terzo ciel movete
70
Deh Violetta che in ombra dAmore
126
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About the author (1992)

Born Dante Alighieri in the spring of 1265 in Florence, Italy, he was known familiarly as Dante. His family was noble, but not wealthy, and Dante received the education accorded to gentlemen, studying poetry, philosophy, and theology. His first major work was Il Vita Nuova, The New Life. This brief collection of 31 poems, held together by a narrative sequence, celebrates the virtue and honor of Beatrice, Dante's ideal of beauty and purity. Beatrice was modeled after Bice di Folco Portinari, a beautiful woman Dante had met when he was nine years old and had worshipped from afar in spite of his own arranged marriage to Gemma Donati. Il Vita Nuova has a secure place in literary history: its vernacular language and mix of poetry with prose were new; and it serves as an introduction to Dante's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, in which Beatrice figures prominently. The Divine Comedy is Dante's vision of the afterlife, broken into a trilogy of the Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. Dante is given a guided tour of hell and purgatory by Virgil, the pagan Roman poet whom Dante greatly admired and imitated, and of heaven by Beatrice. The Inferno shows the souls who have been condemned to eternal torment, and included here are not only mythical and historical evil-doers, but Dante's enemies. The Purgatory reveals how souls who are not irreversibly sinful learn to be good through a spiritual purification. And The Paradise depicts further development of the just as they approach God. The Divine Comedy has been influential from Dante's day into modern times. The poem has endured not just because of its beauty and significance, but also because of its richness and piety as well as its occasionally humorous and vulgar treatment of the afterlife. In addition to his writing, Dante was active in politics. In 1302, after two years as a priore, or governor of Florence, he was exiled because of his support for the white guelfi, a moderate political party of which he was a member. After extensive travels, he stayed in Ravenna in 1319, completing The Divine Comedy there, until his death in 1321.

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