PSA-Dante - , kowthe in sondry londes ; Discussion...

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APMEH Unit 1 Literature Analysis: Dante’s Inferno Introductory Question: What is the problem with reading this? Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour; 5 Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes , and the yonge sonne Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne, And smale foweles maken melodye, 10 That slepen al the nyght with open eye- (So priketh hem Nature in hir corages ); Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes To ferne halwes
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Unformatted text preview: , kowthe in sondry londes ; Discussion Questions 1) How does Dante set up his extended allegory in the opening of Canto I? 2) What does the sign at the gate of Hell mean? 3) Who does Dante place outside of Hell, and how are they tormented? Why? 4) Who is Charon? What is his presence in the poem representative of? 5) Why is Dante so angry at the souls he encounters in Canto XIX? 6) What is the meaning of the punishment of the souls in Canto XIX? 7) Why would Canto XIX be considered controversial? Final Thoughts Why is this particular poem such a pivotal piece of Western literature?...
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