Dante Alighieri
(1265-1321) Dante wrote the poetic masterpiece La Divina Commedia, or The Divine Comedy, which helped establish his native Tuscan dialect as the literary language of Italy. He is not only Italy's preeminent poet but, along with Shakespeare, one of the towering figures of Western literature. This primacy is accorded him because of his profound understanding of medieval thought, his mastery of complex technical skills, and the dramatic range and originality of his imagination. Dante's life spanned the troubled years of the late Middle Ages, in which the long struggle between pope and emperor for supremacy in Italy reached its most acute phase, and in which the concept of nationalism, exemplified by the growing power of the French monarchy, was displacing the medieval vision of a united Christendom. Deeply involved in the issues and events of his day, Dante reflected in his writings the aspirations and anxieties of his contemporaries, while projecting into them a universal and timeless dimension. Of a middle-class Florentine family Dante received a good education both in the classics and in scholastic Christian literature. At a very early age he began to write poetry, largely love lyrics (canzoni) in the style of Guido Guinizelli and Guido Cavalcanti. The most memorable events of his youth were his two encounters (1274 and 1283) with Beatrice Portinari, to whom he remained spiritually devoted for the rest of his life - despite his own marriage to Gemma Donati. His love for her was embodied in the love poetry of his first book, La Vita Nuova, written a few years after Beatrice's death in 1290. In the much later Divine Comedy, she assumes the role of the poet's savior and guide and bears the allegorical significance of Faith or Theology. Source.
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Der findes mange, som synes, at det er finere at blive anset for at være en mester end at være det Klik for at sende dette citat til en ven
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Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here Klik for at sende dette citat til en ven
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act? Klik for at sende dette citat til en ven
Pride, envy, avarice -- these are the sparks have set on fire the souls of man Klik for at sende dette citat til en ven
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality Klik for at sende dette citat til en ven

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