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5.0 out of 5 stars Politics of Dante, 10 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Dante: Inferno (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Dante was first exiled from Florence, and then condemned to death in his absence.

He wrote this poem about the political corruption of his times. He particularly hated those who were lending money at interest, and those who were using the Church as a political power.

The evil sorts of lower kind of men were gaining the upper hand in his time. Those who were waging wars for purposes of the unreal, those who were using religious and important public bodies for personal gain.

We see this everywhere today. He was also against the commercial expansion of his city, seeing large scale 'multinational' sorts of activity as bad for human life in its proper visionary state.

Ezra Pound took Dante's politics and economics seriously. TS Eliot speculated that Dante really had seen what this book says that he saw: God, angels, devils, underground worlds, beings, bipods which were not human.

When books become proscribed, removed from shelves and bookcases in homes becuase of political purges in the future, Dante's will be one of the first to go. Forever, Dante will be the example of the human genius for freedom, revolt, dissidence, visionary abilities, and love.

His book is a book of divine love, written in extended large scale sonnets. These love poems are not aimed at a single solitary woman as the earlier Vita Nova ones were, but at the whole circle of existence as humans can perceive it. God is the source of love, and is inside those who are not corrupted by power, money, lies, violence, hate.

This is why it is the greatest book of the post classical era.
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