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Posts in category “Dante”

Inferno, Cantos 11-13

The logic of Hell; Dante meets a suicide

Posted September 27th, 2014

Florence

Oh, New York Times, must you tease me like this? Watch their …

Posted September 25th, 2014

Inferno, Canto 10

If we love the things of this world more than the eternal virtues — and, ultimately, more than God — we lose it all

Posted September 24th, 2014

Inferno, Cantos 8 & 9

On not pitying the damned, and the power of images over reason

Posted September 24th, 2014

Inferno, Cantos 5-7

What the fate of Francesca & Paolo tell us about the deceptive qualities of love

Posted September 21st, 2014

Inferno, Cantos 2-4

How could Love have created Hell? Why are the virtuous pagans damned?

Posted September 20th, 2014

Inferno, Canto 1

Dante begins his epic journey. What does this have to do with you?

Posted September 19th, 2014

Paradiso, Canto XXVIII

What the angelic ranks teach us about cosmic order and the Great Chain of Being

Posted September 13th, 2014

Paradiso, Canto XXX

His vision restored by baptism in the River Of Light, Dante sees the Mystical Rose.

Posted September 5th, 2014

Dante for Millennials

Practical advice for 19- and 20-year-olds from The Divine Comedy.

Posted September 1st, 2014

The Tao of Dante

Approaching the pilgrim poet’s path to Paradise from the Chinese East

Posted August 30th, 2014

Paradiso, Canto XXIX

Dante arrives at heaven’s gate, where time and desire are no more.

Posted August 28th, 2014

Paradiso, Canto XXVII

This canto turns from exaltation to some of the sternest and most lacerating language in the entire poem.

Posted August 27th, 2014

Paradiso, Canto XXVI

To sum up the meaning of Cantos 24, 25, and 26: Just …

Posted August 25th, 2014

Paradiso, Canto XXV

Dante begins this canto in an extraordinary way. Look at this: Should …

Posted August 20th, 2014

A Backgrounder For Dante’s Paradiso

A reader sends this lengthy but very, very helpful essay by Peter …

Posted August 16th, 2014

Paradiso, Canto XXIV

A further observation on Canto XXIII, which we discussed earlier this week: …

Posted August 15th, 2014