1265 - 1321
Love And The Gentle Heart
There Is A Gentle Thought
This miserable state is borne by the wretched souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 3, l. 34, The Divine Comedy (1321). referring to the souls of the Futile (See Dante on disgrace.).
Let us not speak of them; but look, and pass on.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 3, l. 51, The Divine Comedy (1321). Said by Virgil, of the souls of the Futile in the vestibule to Hell.
Midway along the journey of our life [Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita] I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path.
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 1, l. 1-3, The Divine Comedy (c. 1307-1321), trans. by Mark Musa (1971). First lines of the Divine Comedy.
10 Dec 2015 11:34
The Divine Comedy was written in the vernacular Italian, instead of the then more acceptable Latin or Greek. Due to the monumental influence the work has had on countless artists, Dante is considered among the greatest writers to have lived. As the poet T. S. Eliot wrote, ''Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them, there is no third.''
10 Dec 2015 11:31
Dante Alighieri, the author of 'La Commedia' (The Divine Comedy) , considered a masterwork of world literature, was born Durante Alighieri in Florence, Italy, in 1265, to a notable family of modest means. His mother died when he was seven years old, and his father remarried, having two more children. At twelve years old, Dante was betrothed to Gemma di Manetto Donati, though he had already fallen in love with another girl, Beatrice Portinari, who he continued to write about throughout his life, though his interaction with her was limited. The love poems to Beatrice are collected in Dante’s La Vita Nuova, or The New Life.
23 Apr 2012 11:03
#238 - Gawd that's funny. There's a List of 50 Jokes among those rated above him.