Background of the divine comedy: inferno throughout the middle ages, politics was dominated by the struggle between the two greatest powers of that age: the it is said that dante had memorized the entire aeneid and that he had long revered virgil as the poet of the roman empire, especially since the aeneid tells the. La divina commedia (the divine comedy) is a literary creation of truly epic scale it is established as one of the central texts within western literature and is arguably the greatest poem of the middle ages its author, dante alighieri, was born in florence around 1265 in today's terms we might characterize him as a writer,. Durante degli alighieri commonly dante alighieri, or simply called dante was a major italian poet of the late middle ages his divine comedy, originally called comedìa (modern italian: commedia) and later christened divina by boccaccio, is widely considered the most important poem of the middle ages and the greatest. Dante alighieri the italian poet dante alighieri (1265-1321) wrote the divine comedy, the greatest poetic composition of the christian middle ages and the first masterpiece of world literature written in a modern european vernacular dante lived in a restless age of political conflict between popes and emperors and of. Dante was born in medieval florence, italy, into a family that likely had some social standing he received some formal education and developed an affinity for classic poetry (like that of the ancient roman poet, virgil) and the troubadour poetry of the late middle ages (which focused on chivalry and courtly love) dante and a.
We are privileged to host this original article by jonathan which looks at the strange parallels surrounding the fictional character robert langdon in dan brown's new novel inferno, and the real-life mysteries surrounding dante alighieri, the great italian poet of the middle ages is there a hidden layer of. Dante's father did let him hang out with a group of writers in florence, and together this group began to write poetry in a new style – and in italian like francis of assisi before them, they wanted ordinary people to be able to read their work, not just scholars after beatrice died, dante tried to find reasons for. Biography about our namesake, dante alighieri, poet and intellectual dante alighieri is considered the greatest italian poet and one of the greatest of european and world literature he is best a marriage was arranged for dante at age 12 with gemma donati, whose family was one of the most important in florence. What were these important people of the middle ages famous for the following biography information provides basic facts and information about the key dates and events in the life of dante who was famous as a medieval poet and politician and author of the divine comedy which includes dante's inferno.
Dante alighieri (1265-1321) was an italian poet in the middle ages the divine comedy, of which inferno is a part, is considered the greatest literary work in the italian language and a masterpiece inferno is the story of dante the pilgrim's journey from the dark wood of error through hell, led by virgil this is dante the. His masterpiece, the epic poem commedia (the divine comedy), is universally known as one of the great poems of world literature divided into more than a summa of medieval life, however, dante's epic is a superb work of fiction with poignant dramatic episodes and unforgettable characters drawn from real life dante's.
Dante alighieri is beyond doubt the greatest of italian poets, and, many readers think, one of the greatest poets that western civilization has produced w b yeats called him the much of the literature of the late middle ages is dominated by the notion of the knight in the service of his lady a knight was expected to find a. Dante alighieri was born in 1265 in florence, italy, to a family of moderate wealth that had a history of involvement in the complex florentine political scene inferno is also a landmark in the development of european language and literature, for it stands as the greatest medieval poem written in vernacular language—the. Struggle and turmoil dominated the life of the italian poet dante alighieri (1265- 1321) his native florence a two-party political system developed that defined italy's distinctive quality in the middle ages it began medieval italy was disrupted by the violent military conflicts between the partisans of these two great factions. Dante unknown artist, 1530 although vernacular poetry arrived slightly later in italy than in northern europe, italy was to produce some of the most influential poets and novelists of the late middle ages the first of this new breed was dante alighieri (1265-1321), arguably the greatest medieval poet dante wrote in latin.
Poem: canto xiii from dante's inferno durante degli alighieri, commonly referred to as dante, was an italian poet, prose writer, literary theorist, moral philosopher, and political thinker his birth date is listed as probably in the end of may by robert hollander in dante in dictionary of the middle ages, volume 4. His real name was durante degli alighier, he was one of the most influential poets of the middle ages, and his comedy remains one of the seminal literary works in history born around 1265 in italy, dante was raised under the guelph faction in florence that was in support of papal rule it was a time of great religious and. Born in florence in the late thirteenth century, dante alighieri would grow up to become one of the most famed and well-read authors of the italian middle ages the scope of his political and philosophical intellect would serve him well in his best known work, the divine comedy, in both its depth and the.
They're not only concerned with illustrations and paintings on dantean subjects from the middle ages through to salvador dalí, they're also interested in the traditions of bringing the inferno and the commedia to life by embodying dante's poem in performance, in recitation, in theatrical, cinematic and even televisual. Dante alighieri (1265-1321) was the leading poet of the late middle ages and early renaissance he was also a prominent thinker in the fields of literary theory , moral and social philosophy, and political thought his most famous work, the divine comedy, is a literary landmark and a synthesis of his political, religious, and. Dante was a medieval italian poet and philosopher whose poetic trilogy, the divine comedy, made an indelible impression on both literature and theology dante alighieri was born in 1265 to a family with a history of involvement in the complex florentine political scene, and this setting would become a. Dante alighieri, popularly known as dante, was a chief italian poet during the middle ages born in florence, he spent a large portion of his life in exile although more famous for his long poem, 'divine comedy', he was also a distinguished prose writer, literally theorist, philosopher and political thinker.