The Path to Paradise Begins in Hell

Exiled from the living, on a sea,
uncharted, three island realms of the dead.
Even without a companion, no fear here.
Our fate cannot be taken from us.
This journey a Comedy. A happy ending.

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Illustration: Ritratto di Dante Alighieri nel momento del periodo dell’esilio da Firenze

|In 1302, the Italian poet Dante Alighieri was exiled from Florence for his political sympathies. His only solace during his exile was writing. It was during this time that he wrote The Divine Comedy, an epic poem about a journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
Italy will mark the 700th anniversary of the death of the medieval poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, known as the Father of the Italian language, with a program of commemorative events in 2021.

Dante’s Divine Comedy mined for 21st-century meaning – BBC Program (audio)

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