THE Vision of Dante Alighiere or Hell, Purgatory and Paradise

THE Vision of Dante Alighiere or Hell, Purgatory and Paradise
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  • Paperback
  • 9781408629628
  • oktober 2007
  • 476 pagina's
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1908 - INTRODUCTION MEDI VA li L te rature may be said to begin with the Vrclgate of St. Jerome 405 and the City of God of St. Augustine 426. It ends with the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas 1265-1274 and the Divina Cornmedia of Dante Alighieri 1300-1321. All the noblest thought and work of the ages that passed between the fall of the Roman Empire and the closing year of the thirteenth century, when Dante figures himself in allegorical fashion as having passed in ecstatic vision through the world beyond the grave, finds supreme artistic expression in his great poem. The intellectual subtleties of the schoolmen, the spiritual soarings of the mystics, the chivalrous worship of women that had been the gift of the troubadours of Provence to the sons of men, the philosophical devotion that the new poets of central Italy had reared upon it, the political dreams and theories of papal and imperial statesmen, builders of vast aerial fabrics of universal Roman Church and universal Roman Empire, have all shared in the making of it. Dante gives them fresh life handling them with poetic passion, he endues them with unity of a new kind these things, fused in his glowing imagination, become the harmonious accessories to his picture of man, his nature, his duties, his life, his destiny. Dante was born at Florence in 1265, probably in the latter part of May, some eight months before the victory of Charles of Anjou over King Manfred at Benevento extinguished the power of the Empire in Italy and placed a French dynasty on the throne of Naples. His father, Alighiero di Bellincione Alighieri, came of an ancient but decadent and impoverished family, too unimportant to be officially ranked among thegrandi, or magnates, who were excluded from the administration by the democratic rulers of the Republic. His mother, Monna Bella, died soon after his birth. In 1283, at the age of eighteen, he wrote the first of his poems that has been preserved to us a sonnet in which he demands an explanation of a dream from all the faithful of Love and, in consequence, found himself Introduction recognised as a poet by the chief Italian poet then living, Guido di Cavalcante Cavalcanti, who became the first of all his friends. Study and manly exercise filled up the next few years of Dantes life. He served in the Florentine cavalry, fighting valiantly on horseback in the front rank, at the battle of Campaldino on June 11, 1289, when the Aretines and other Tuscan Ghibellines were defeated by the forces of the Guelf league, of which Florence was the head. In June, 1290, Beatrice, the woman of the poets romantic love and poetical homage, died and, within the next few years, probably between 1292 and 1294, Dante gathered together the lyrics that he had written in her honour and connected them with a prose narrative, thus composing the Vita Nuova, the book of his New Life, which he dedicated to Guido Cavalcanti, my friend to whom I am writing this. The Vita Nuova, in its exquisite mingling of poetry and prose, shows us how, at the very outset, Dante learned to make of the love of woman a pathway from earth to Heaven. It sets forth a creed of love, as ideal as human nature can well sustain. The lover finds all his beatitude in the words that praise his lady, the splendour of whose soul has reached even to the throne of God. All evil thoughts perish when she passes by she ennobles all upon whom she looks sheis the mirror of the Divine Beauty, a thing come from Heaven to earth to make manifest a miracle. l He seeth perfectly all salvation who seeth my lady...



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