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Dante’s Purpose-Driven Poem

Illustration by Michael Hogue
Illustration for TAC by Michael Hogue

Welcome readers of my Wall Street Journal essay about how Dante saved my life. If you want to read a longer, more in-depth version, check out my cover story from the current issue of TAC.  If you’re interested in looking in on the Lenten blogging pilgrimage through Purgatorio, here are links to those entries:

Canto I, Canto II,Canto III,Canto IV,Canto V,Canto VI, Canto VII, Canto VIII, Canto IX, Canto X, Canto XI, Canto XII,Canto XIII, Canto XIV,Canto XV,Canto XVI,Canto XVII,Canto XVIII, Canto XIX,Canto XX, Canto XXI,Canto XXII and Canto XXIII, Canto XXIV, Canto XXV, Canto XXVI,Canto XXVII, Canto XXVIIICanto XXIX, Canto XXX, Canto XXXI, Canto XXXII, Canto XXXIII.

If you only have time for a few entries, my remarks on cantos VII, IX, XI, XIV, and XXVII are my favorites of the bunch.

 

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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