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Subject Headings: Epic Poetry, Italian Literature, Western Canon.


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  1. For example, Encyclopedia Americana, 2006, Vol. 30. p. 605: "the greatest single work of Italian literature;" John Julius Norwich, The Italians: History, Art, and the Genius of a People, Abrams, 1983, p. 27: "his tremendous poem, still after six and a half centuries the supreme work of Italian literature, remains – after the legacy of ancient Rome – the grandest single element in the Italian heritage;" and Robert Reinhold Ergang, The Renaissance, Van Nostrand, 1967, p. 103: "Many literary historians regard the Divine Comedy as the greatest work of Italian literature. In world literature it is ranked as an epic poem of the highest order."
  2. See also Western canon for other "canons" that include the Divine Comedy.
  3. See or any other history of Italian language.
  4. Peter E. Bondanella, The Inferno, Introduction, p. xliii, Barnes & Noble Classics, 2003, ISBN 1-59308-051-4: "the key fiction of the Divine Comedy is that the poem is true."
  5. Dorothy L. Sayers, Hell, notes on page 19.
  6. Charles Allen Dinsmore, The Teachings of Dante, Ayer Publishing, 1970, p. 38, ISBN 0-8369-5521-8.
  7. The Fordham Monthly Fordham University, Vol. XL, Dec. 1921, p. 76


  • Per me si va ne la città dolente,
    per me si va ne l'etterno dolore,
    per me si va tra la perduta gente.
    Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore:
    fecemi la divina potestate,
    la somma sapienza e 'l primo amore.
    Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create
    se non etterne, e io etterno duro.
    Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate
    • Through me you go to the grief wracked city;
      Through me you go to everlasting pain;
      Through me you go a pass among lost souls.
      Justice inspired my exalted Creator: I am a creature of the Holiest Power,
      of Wisdom in the Highest and of Primal Love.
      Nothing till I was made was made, only eternal beings.
      And I endure eternally.
      Abandon all hope — Ye Who Enter Here
  • “The more a thing is perfect, the more if feels pleasure and pain.”
  • “L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle.”
  • “The devil is not as black as he is painted.”
  • “O human race, born to fly upward, wherefore at a little wind dost thou so fall?”
  • “Into the eternal darkness, into fire and into ice. ”
  • “Consider your origin. You were not formed to live like brutes but to follow virtue and knowledge.”
  • From a little spark may burst a flame.
  • The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
  • The secret of getting things done is to act!
  • Heaven wheels above you, displaying to you her eternal glories, and still your eyes are on the ground.
  • Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men.
  • Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from The Eternal.
  • There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
  • The customs and fashions of men change like leaves on the bough, some of which go and others come.
  • Nature is the art of God.
  • Follow your own star!
  • The sad souls of those who lived without blame and without praise.
  • O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!
  • In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.
  • Be as a tower firmly set; Shakes not its top for any blast that blows.
  • Beauty awakens the soul to act.
  • Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.



 AuthorvolumeDate ValuetitletypejournaltitleUrldoinoteyear
1320 DivinaCommediaDante Alighieri (1265–1321)Divina Commedia1320 JL