957 Words4 Pages
Love is what made poetry famous. Everyone from Shakespeare with his sonnets to children with their red roses use poetry to express love. Love is the filling in poetry’s pie, the melody in its symphony, and the pregnancy scare in its soap-opera. In Dante's opinion, not only poetry, but everything is composed of love: Not the Creator nor a single creature, as you know, ever existed without love, the soul's love or the love that comes by nature. (Alighieri 185) The human race has difficulty expressing an emotion as complex as love in regular prose or speech; we need to add another dimension of beauty or meaning for it to be worthy of our most treasured emotion. In Purgatory, Dante capitalizes on this almost archetypal…show more content…
Dante particularity highlights the difference between the sensuous, common love poetry with his own work and, by association, worldly love and love of God, by placing the lustful here at the end of his time in Purgatory. Finally, prompted by Virgil that Beatrice (Dante's Love) would meet him later in the Earthy Paradise, Dante continued through the flames of lust (Alighieri 291). Dante retains some elements of traditional love poetry in his new hybrid, namely the girl. Beatrice essentially serves as a facilitator for Dante to strengthen the resemblance between his work and the passionately swooning eulogies with which his audiences were more familiar. Having completed all the levels of Purgatory, Virgil explains, one's will and desires are synonymous with God's (Alighieri 297). Here we see a comparison to earthly couples who are often (possibly more so in times past) described as having one will. Throughout his work, Dante labored at length to transpose the strong feelings of earthly love into divine love. He attempted to cultivate the same ardor of romantic love between his reader and deity, even enlisting the aid of Venus in the introduction, “The radiant planet fostering love like rain made all the orient heavens laugh with light, veiling the starry Fishes in her train” (Alighieri 5). He emphasized that, although the love of others is commendable, if anything is truly worth

More about Love

Open Document