Dante Alighieri Essay

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Dante Alighieri was one of the most renowned writers in world literature. His great masterpieces have influenced the world immensely. He was not only a great writer and poet but he also was a man that overcame great odds to write awe inspiring works of art.      Dante Alighieri was born in Florence, Italy either in late May or early June, 1265. His childhood was somewhat troubling because of the early death of his mother and then his father when he was 18. He managed to get through these bad occurrences and fell in love with a Florentine noblewoman named Beatrice Portinari in 1274 but she also died not long afterwards. He once said that the most significant occurrence of his childhood was his meeting with his …show more content…
That position was his for only two months. In 1301, Dante was fined and banned from Florence for two years by the newly returning leaders of the Blacks; a faction within the Guelph. Failing to pay the fines, it was decided that he would be put to death if he ever returned.

     During his exile, Dante Alighieri spent time in Verona and other northern Italian cities as well as Paris. His political views changed dramatically to those of the Ghibellines during this time period of 1307 to 1309. He supported the idea of a united Europe under a single emperor. Between 1304 and 1305, he wrote “De Vulgari Eloquentia'; which promoted the use of the Italian language rather than Latin in literary works. “Convivio'; was written between 1304 and 1307 as a comprehensive, 15 book summary of all the knowledge of the time. Only the first four books were ever completed.      In 1310, Henry VII, king of Germany and Holy Roman emperor arrived in Italy to bring the country under his rule. Dante Alighieri supported his cause and wrote to many Italian political leaders and princes urging them to support king Henry also. In these letters, he presented king Henry’s cause as a way of ending the political turmoil in many Italian cities. King Henry’s death in 1313 quickly brought

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