Divine Comedy Study Guides

  • Divine Comedy

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    The Divine Comedy is an epic poem about the journey of Florentine poet Dante into Hell and beyond to the kingdoms of Heaven. The poem is a political satire of religious and political structures in the Middle Ages in Italy and was revolutionary in featuring living figures of the period as damned souls condemned to Hell. Dante's journey is aided by the spirit of Roman poet Virgil and by the theological spirit Beatrice.

  • The Inferno

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    The Inferno is a 14th-century epic poem by Dante Alighieri recounting the narrator's tour of hell. Midway through life, the narrator is lost in a dark woods. The Roman poet Virgil saves him, leading him into the underworld, past the river Acheron, into hell itself. Virgil explains the sinners and punishments, each of which are proportional and similar to the sins committed. The pair travel through the nine rings of hell, through limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, wrath, heresy, violence, fraud and finally treachery, where Satan tortures Brutus, Cassius and Judas.