Dante Alighieri: The Allegorical Writing Style Of Dante's Inferno

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“O human race born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou fall.” With his allegorical writing style, Dante Alighieri revolutionized literature in the renaissance period with masterpieces such as Dante’s Inferno. Dante Alighieri was born on May 21, 1265 in Florence, Italy. He was born to a wealthier family and had a good education as he learn poetry, philosophy, and many other literature skills he used in his writing. From the outside, his life looked perfect though his mother died only a few years after his birth and he was arranged to marry a woman he didn’t love at only the age of twelve. He was really in love with a woman named Beatrice Portinari. She had a huge influence on Dante’s Divine Comedy. He met her at the …show more content…
After Beatrice’s death, Dante immersed himself in Florentine politics. Florence was divided at that time, some people were for the empire and others were for the papacy. Dante held a number of posts until in 1302, he was exiled from Florence by the leading political party, the Black Guelphs. While he was in exile, Dante wrote his Dante’s Divine Comedy. While in exile, he also wrote De Vulgari Eloquentia which was a letter or paper to Italy asking if people could make a serious unified literary language. His paper was unfinished but still influential. Then, in March of 1306, Florentine exiles were banished from Bologna (A city in Italy) and Dante ended in Padua. From here historians don’t know much about where Dante went, though there are reports that he went to Paris. About two years later, in 1308, Henry of Luxembourg was elected as emperor and renamed Henry VII. Dante was optimistic about this …show more content…
His divine comedy was an allegory of human life present as a trip through, what the Christians thought was the afterlife. It was also a warning to everyone about being corrupt and what that entails. The story or poem is written in his own style. It’s comprised of 100 cantos written in verses called Terza Rima. The story was told in first person and describes Dante’s journey through Hell, Purgatory, and paradise. Dante is first told by the legendary poet, Virgil, that Beatrice was waiting for him in the afterlife. His journey lasts from the night before Good Friday to the Wednesday after Easter in the spring of 1300, which was before his actual exile. Throughout his journey Dante meets Sinners in every level of Hell and Dante stops to speak with many of them which describe what their sin was. Dante creates a very disgusting landscape as he describes what happens on every level of hell. He and Virgil then move into purgatory, or Purgatorio. Virgil guides him up a mountain through the 7 levels of suffering and spiritual growth. After the journey through purgatory, he gets to paradise and eventually meets god himself. The precursor to Dante’s Divine Comedy, and Dante’s second most popular book, was called called The New Life. It describes Dante’s first sight Beatrice at the age of 9, her greetings at 18, and the scheme of how he would conceal his love for her as at

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