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The Divine Comedy

Thomas and the great mystics. Voices hoarse and shrill 25 and sounds of blows, all intermingled, raised tumult and pandemonium that still whirls on the air forever dirty with it as if a whirlwind sucked at sand.

Comfdy name in Italian inevitably suggests “luce” lightand she is the patron saint of eyesight. As long as the wind will let us pause, ask of us what you please. Milton also made complex uses of theology as political allegory, and wrote political tracts as passionate and resolute as his poetry. Everything about this Cir- cle suggests a gigantic garbage dump. Her dark spell forced me, newly stripped of my mortal part, to enter through this gate and summon out a spirit from Judai’ca.

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A note on “thee” and “thou”: Now let us look at the Comedy. The an- gel is Peter’s vicar Peter, the first Pope, symbolized all Popes; i. And we had not traveled far from where I woke when I made out a radiance before us that struck away a hemisphere of dark.

Empress of many tongues: As the wings of wintering starlings bear them on 40 in their great wheeling flights, just so the blast wherries these evil souls through time foregone. Returning to my theme, I say we came to the foot of a Great Tower; but long before we reached it through the marsh, two horns of flame flared from the summit, one from either side, and then, far off, ciaardi far we scarce could see it 5 across the mist, another flame comfdy.

It is clear, too, that Dante means the spirits of Hell to be weight- less. They foreshadow the three divisions of Hell incon- tinence, violence, and fraud which Virgil explains at length in Canto XI, 1 1.


The Rebellious An- gels. Canto V 39 Love, which in gentlest hearts will soonest bloom, seized my lover with passion for that sweet body from which I was torn unshriven to my doom. Ciard fires of Ciiardi are all within Dis. As they pursued the ever- shifting illusion of their own advantage, changing their courses with every changing wind, so they pursue eternally an elu- sive, ever-shifting banner.

Avi- cenna his major work was in the eleventh century and Averroes twelfth century were Arabian philosophers and physicians espe- cially famous in Dante’s time for their commentaries on Aristotle.

It is the Easter Season, the time of resurrection, and the sun is in its equinoctial rebirth. It is a much better thing than IX x Translator’s Note that: The Floren- tines took sides and in the late spring of the two parties, called ciarddi and “Whites,” fought in the streets.

The souls of the damned lie in the icy paste, swollen and obscene, and CERBERUS, the ravenous three-headed dog of Cokedy, stands guard over them, ripping and tearing them with his claws and teeth.

That great Soul stood alone: The transformation may have been suggested by the form Zeus assumed for the rape of Europa — the monster is certainly bullish enough here — but the obvious pur- pose of the brutalization is to present a figure symbolic of the guilty conscience of the wretches who come before it to make their confes- sions.

But just as all seems lost, a figure appears to him. Virgil ac- cordingly sends up a prayer for assistance and waits anx- iously for a Heavenly Messenger to appear. Like lies with like in every heresy, and the monuments are fired, some more, some less; to each depravity its own degree. Most of this group is made up of philosophers whose teachings were, at least in part, acceptable to Church schol- arship.

Dante replies that he comes this way only with the aid of powers Guido has not sought. The town where I was born lies by the shore where the Po descends into its ocean rest 95 with its attendant streams in one long murmur.

Virgil identifies many among -them. Phlegyas is the link between the Wrathful to whom his paternity relates him and the Rebellious Angels who menaced God as he menaced Apollo. Around these facts the legend has grown that Paolo was sent by Giovanni as his proxy to the marriage, that Francesca thought he was her real bridegroom and accordingly gave him her heart irrevo- cably at first sight. These were my reasons for deciding on the present form.

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Love, who makes joohn beloved love in turn, Enchanted me and sealed our common doom. After many misadventures, he is compelled like Dante to descend to the underworld of the dead.

Virgil, the all-knowing, may understand these words, but no one familiar with merely human lan- guages has deciphered them.

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There is evidence that Dante stopped writing for a longer or shorter period between the seventh and ciiardi Cantos. O Memory, recorder of the vision, here shall your true nobility be displayed! But when you move again among the living, 85 oh speak my joohn to the memory of men!

But the stars that marked our starting fall away: Here begin the punishments for the various sins of Incontinence The sins of the She-Wolf.

Allegorically she represents Di- vine Light. Dante is saying that he climbed with such zeal and haste that every footfall carried him above the last despite the steepness of the climb.

Whirling and battering it drives jkhn on, and when they pass the ruined gap of Hell through which we had come, their shrieks begin anew. In the reign of Julius Caesar.

Yet the price of fidelity to the original is also occasionally high and, to my mind, unnecessarily so. At sight of him in that friendless waste I cried: This juxtaposition of joy- ous symbols fills Dante with hope and he sets out at once to climb directly up the Mount of Joy, but almost immediately his way is blocked bx the Three Beasts of Worldliness: The only clue Dante gives to the tempering of her punishment is his statement that “she killed herself for love.