he Divine Comedy (Italian: la Divina Commedia, first called the Divina Commedia only in 1555 by a Venetian publisher) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the afterlife is a culmination of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church. It helped establish the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the standardized Italian. It is divided into three parts, the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.
On the surface, the poem describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven; but at a deeper level, it represents allegorically the soul's journey towards God. At this deeper level, Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially the writings of Thomas Aquinas.
The work was originally simply titled Commedia and was later christened Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio. The first printed edition to add the word divine to the title was that of the Venetian humanist Lodovico Dolce, published in 1555 by Gabriele Giolito de' Ferrari.
Contents of ebook:
Table of Contents
From the Pages of the Inferno
The World of Dante and the Inferno
The Story of the Inferno in Brief Introduction
CANTO I CANTO II CANTO III CANTO IV CANTO V
CANTO VI CANTO VII CANTO VIII CANTO IX CANTO X
CANTO XI CANTO XII CANTO XIII CANTO XIV CANTO XV
CANTO XVI CANTO XVII CANTO XVIII CANTO XIX
CANTO XX CANTO XXI CANTO XXII CANTO XXIII
CANTO XXIV CANTO XXV CANTO XXVI CANTO XXVII
CANTO XXVIII CANTO XXIX CANTO XXX CANTO XXXI
CANTO XXXII CANTO XXXIII CANTO XXXIV
Six Sonnets on Dante’s The Divine Comedy
Inspired by the Inferno
Comments & Questions For Further Reading
About the Author
Dante Alighieri was born in Florence Italy in 1265. In 1301, a political dispute lead to his exile from Florence. Over the next few years he made his home in Verona, Lucca and other cities. By 1310 he had written Inferno and Purgatorio, the first two books of his Divine Comedy. He wrote the third and concluding book, Paradiso, in the years after he found sanctuary in Ravenna in 1318. An allegorical account of his wanderings in a spiritual wilderness and eventual salvation under the guidance of his beloved Beatrice, The Divine Comedy is recognised as Dante's masterwork and a landmark of world literature. He died in exile in 1321 and was buried in Ravenna.