Analysis Of The Poem ' Comedia '

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In his life Dante, Alighieri was a famed author, poet, and statesman. Over the course of his life the esteemed thirteenth century Italian wrote a handful of successful works. However, Dante is undoubtedly best known for his critically acclaimed epic poem, Comedìa, which would later be called The Divine Comedy. Comedìa has 3 parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The first installment, Inferno, may currently be the most well known of the three poems, spawning countless reprints, several movies and even a video game. Despite being known as a comedy, anyone who has read Inferno realizes that the story is full of symbolism, double entendres, political messages, allusions, religious undertones… the list goes on. However, there are several comedic elements in the story that distinguish it from other epic poems such as The Odyssey and Beowulf. Dante, unlike most other poets of the time, intended for his poem to have a parodic style, oftentimes poking fun at Christianity and its beliefs. Some of these comedic elements will be addressed and analyzed in this essay, supporting the statement that, despite its deeper meaning, Inferno is a work of humor. “Mappa dell’Inferno,” Botticelli The story of Inferno revolves around Dante Alighieri’s decent into Hell, accompanied by an Angel named Virgil, who was sent from Heaven to assure Dante’s safe journey. The premise of the story alone carries heavy religious symbolism, but careful observation reveals even more religious meaning than

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