Dante Alighieri

(1265 - 1321 / Florence / Italy)

Love And The Gentle Heart - Poem by Dante Alighieri

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.


Comments about Love And The Gentle Heart by Dante Alighieri

  • Khairul Ahsan (12/22/2018 10:22:00 PM)

    Loved the comments of @John McPartlan and @Bulbul Islam. Quite agree to those. (Report) Reply

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  • Khairul Ahsan (12/22/2018 10:20:00 PM)

    Love and a gentle heart are like a container and the content. A gentle heart is the natural abode of love.
    Loved this philosophical poem. 'Virtuous man' - the last two words are so apt to the context!
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (12/22/2018 10:01:00 PM)

    wisely written-
    Love and the gentle heart are one thing
    ...
    Till love, at last, out of its dreaming starts.
    Woman’s moved likewise by a virtuous man

    /// like it
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/22/2018 12:45:00 PM)

    Only gentle heart will nurture great love, nicely written. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (12/22/2018 6:36:00 AM)

    It is natural love of heart craves desire for the union between man and woman virtuous in life! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (12/22/2018 2:31:00 AM)

    A great write by Dante Alighieri.....👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/22/2018 1:53:00 AM)

    Nature craves love, and then creates love!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (12/22/2018 1:12:00 AM)

    Nature craves love, and then creates love king,
    and makes the heart a palace where he’ll stay, .....the great Dante..
    (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (12/22/2018 12:09:00 AM)

    Dreaming starts, good one (Report) Reply

  • (10/4/2018 7:44:00 PM)

    Is it a robot reciting the poem? (Report) Reply

  • (6/10/2004 9:32:00 PM)

    Dante's depiction of love as slumbering is something we can all associate with. The searing thrill of love often burns like a fire and settles into a warm glow, slumbering, happily. True, desire can be rekindled by a beautiful face. That is something we can easily associate with. But it is often in the sudden realisation that the face of your loved one has been obscured to you by the hurly burly of life. A flame flickers and the firelight casts her in a light you have not seen for years. And passion rekindles the fire of love. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003



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