Dante Alighieri

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Dante Alighieri Biography

Durante degli Alighieri, mononymously referred to as Dante, was an Italian poet, prose writer, literary theorist, moral philosopher, and political thinker. He is best known for the monumental epic poem La commedia, later named La divina commedia (Divine Comedy), considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

In Italy he is known as il Sommo Poeta ("the Supreme Poet") or just il Poeta. Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio are also known as "the three fountains" or "the three crowns". Dante is also called the "Father of the Italian language"


The exact date of Dante's birth is not known, although it is generally believed to be around 1265. This can be deduced from autobiographic allusions in La Divina Commedia, ...

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Tuffsnotenuff Y'all 23 April 2012

#238 - Gawd that's funny. There's a List of 50 Jokes among those rated above him.

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 24 January 2021

The Poet where love of a heart cultivated everything fairly and carely. Love for the classical poems and poets lives long

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Judith hughes 21 June 2019

Did Dante mention the apples in Casole d’elsa in one of his poems

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Fabrizio Frosini 10 December 2015

The Divine Comedy was written in the vernacular Italian, instead of the then more acceptable Latin or Greek. Due to the monumental influence the work has had on countless artists, Dante is considered among the greatest writers to have lived. As the poet T. S. Eliot wrote, ''Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them, there is no third.''

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Fabrizio Frosini 10 December 2015

Dante Alighieri, the author of 'La Commedia' (The Divine Comedy) , considered a masterwork of world literature, was born Durante Alighieri in Florence, Italy, in 1265, to a notable family of modest means. His mother died when he was seven years old, and his father remarried, having two more children. At twelve years old, Dante was betrothed to Gemma di Manetto Donati, though he had already fallen in love with another girl, Beatrice Portinari, who he continued to write about throughout his life, though his interaction with her was limited. The love poems to Beatrice are collected in Dante’s La Vita Nuova, or The New Life.

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Tuffsnotenuff Y'all 23 April 2012

#238 - Gawd that's funny. There's a List of 50 Jokes among those rated above him.

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The Best Poem Of Dante Alighieri

Love And The Gentle Heart

Love and the gentle heart are one thing,
just as the poet says in his verse,
each from the other one as well divorced
as reason from the mind’s reasoning.

Nature craves love, and then creates love king,
and makes the heart a palace where he’ll stay,
perhaps a shorter or a longer day,
breathing quietly, gently slumbering.

Then beauty in a virtuous woman’s face
makes the eyes yearn, and strikes the heart,
so that the eyes’ desire’s reborn again,
and often, rooting there with longing, stays,

Till love, at last, out of its dreaming starts.
Woman’s moved likewise by a virtuous man.

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Dante Alighieri Quotes

11 November 2014

This miserable state is borne by the wretched souls of those who lived without disgrace and without praise.

11 November 2014

Let us not speak of them; but look, and pass on.

11 November 2014

Midway along the journey of our life [Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita] I woke to find myself in a dark wood, for I had wandered off from the straight path.

11 November 2014

There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.

11 November 2014

O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!

11 November 2014

Honor the greatest poet.

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