Lecture 38 - There are three cantiche (plural of cantica)...

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There are three cantiche (plural of cantica) Inferno -> Purgatorio -> Paradiso The poem is in three parts. There is classical epic, followed by an allegorical understanding of the Bible in the Middle Ages, and the discovery of how to represent the interior self before autobiography. Augustine’s autobiography depends on the beginnings of biography in Paul’s letters. The connecting link between the classical epic and the Renaissance discovery of classical epic is Dante, who somehow connected these together by making himself the hero of an epic, if this indeed is an epic. The poem could be seen as a spiritual autobiography. This has an allegorical significance similar to every Christian pilgrim but also of an artist/poet. Dante was born in Florence in 1265 and died in exile in Ravenna in 1321. He was exiled from Florence in 1302 on the charge of barratry, which is the use of political office for private gain. He was never to return to his native city. The charge of barratry was ill- founded. The title was La Commedia, but “divine” was added in the 16
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course VIC 201 taught by Professor Julianpatrick during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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Lecture 38 - There are three cantiche (plural of cantica)...

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