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The Divine Comedy
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Definition 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)
  • Come and sit by my side, dear child, and let us play the divine comedy of love.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • So many versions of the Divine Comedy exist in English that a new one might well seem needless.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • DANTE, The Divine Comedy.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • No poem in any tongue is more informed with rhythmic life than the Divine Comedy.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • The Divine Comedy.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...of this pair of opposites is not encouraged (indeed. is rejected as "pantheism" and has sometimes been rewarded with the stake); nevertheless, the prayers and diaries of the Christian mystics abound in ecstatic descriptions of the unitive, soul-shattering experience (see above, p. 31), while Dante's vision at the conclusion of the Divine Comedy (see above, p. 164) certainly goes beyond the orthodox, dualistic, son, retistic dogma of the finality of the personalities of the Trinity.
    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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