Dante Alighieri Dante World Literature Analysis - Essay

Dante World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Political alignments caused Dante’s exile, but exile broadened Dante’s historical perspective and thus provided an important dimension for his verse. The attribute one most closely associates with Dante’s mature poetry is, indeed, his ability to universalize particular historical details. He is able to see all human experience in terms of his own, and there is little doubt that his long period of wandering and his life as an exile, begun in middle age and continued through the rest of his life, furnished the salvation metaphor central to The Divine Comedy.

From the earliest period of his life, Dante was fascinated with the possibilities of vernacular Italian as the medium for his poetry. Even in his...

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