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La Divina Commedia

by Dante Alighieri

The Divine Comedy, originally Commedia, is a poem by Dante Alighieri, a masterpiece of the Florentine poet, considered the most important literary testimony of medieval civilization and one of the greatest works of universal literature. It is divided into three parts called cantiche: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso; the poet imagines making an otherworldly journey there. The poem, while continuing the characteristic ways of medieval literature and style (religious inspiration, moral purpose, language and style based on the visual and immediate perception of things), tends to a broad and dramatic representation of reality, far from the typical spirituality of the Middle Ages, aimed at crystallizing the vision of reality.

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