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The Divine Comedy

DANTE, The Divine Comedy.
David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  arguably the greatest literary work of the middle ages; written by Dante and telling the story in first person of a journey through hell, purgatory, and paradise guided by Virgil (the famous Roman poet) and his idealized Beatrice (1265-1321)
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Strongly Associated with:   Dante Alighieri, Dante`s Inferno
Flesch-Kincaid Readability Index: 8.8 (suitable for someone at standard reading level in or above 9th grade)*

* Although this readability index indicates the sentences are not very hard to read, this editor thinks the book requires more than an average 9th grade education. The reader will probably want notes or a background in historical and mythological characters. Also younger readers should be careful to get a translation that minimizes archaic words and complex syntax.
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Sparknotes: 1st 1/3 of Bk
  • DANTE, The Divine Comedy.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • His world does not have the omnipresent meaningfulness of The Divine Comedy, which can seem oppressive; it is rather one where man enjoys an open, companionable relation to natural phenomena in which he may sometimes detect a divine hand.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • So many versions of the Divine Comedy exist in English that a new one might well seem needless.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • As for guides (and no traveler to the underworld should be without one), Dante in the Divine Comedy (1321 A.D.) has the Roman poet Virgil; in Virgil’s epic, The Aeneid (19 B.c.), Aeneas has the Cumaean Sibyl as his guide.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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  • The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Come and sit by my side, dear child, and let us play the divine comedy of love.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • No poem in any tongue is more informed with rhythmic life than the Divine Comedy.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • I must assume that it will be familiar to the readers of my version, at least to those among them who desire truly to understand the Divine Comedy.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The Notes and Illustrations that accompany Mr. Longfellow’s translation of the Divine Comedy form an admirable body of comment on the poem.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno

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  • But in the Divine Comedy the personages are all from real life, they are men and women with their natural passions and emotions, and they are undergoing an actual experience.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The aim of Dante in the Divine Comedy was to set forth these truths in such wise as to affect the imaginations and touch the hearts of men, so that they should turn to righteousness.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • The allegory in which he cloaked it is of a character that separates the Divine Comedy from all other works of similar intent, In The Pilgrim’s Progress, for example, the personages introduced are mere simulacra of men and women, the types of moral qualities or religious dispositions.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • 31), while Dante’s vision at the conclusion of the Divine Comedy (see above, p.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And if this be true of the comparatively simple folk mythologies (the systems of myth and ritual by which the primitive hunting and fishing tribes support themselves), what may we say of such magnificent cosmic metaphors as those reflected in the great Homeric epics, the Divine Comedy of Dante, the Book of Genesis, and the timeless temples of the Orient?
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Halle, 1869); to the comment, especially that on the Paradiso, which accompanies the German translation of the Divine Comedy by Philalethes. the late King John of Saxony; to Bartoli’s life of Dante in his Storia della Letteratura Italiana (Firenze, 1878 and subsequent years), and to Scartazzini’s Prolegomeni della Divina Commedia (Leipzig, 1890).
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
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Associated words [difficulty]:   The Divine Comedy [9] , Dante Alighieri [9] , Dante’s Inferno [8] , Dante’s Inferno [8] , Petrarch [8] , Dante Alighieri [9] , Faust [5] , Dante’s Inferno [8] , Petrarch [8] , Dante Alighieri [9] , Gothic fiction [9]
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