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Background InfooFirst in a trilogy of books that comprises The Divine ComedyoThe others are Purgatory, and ParadiseoNote that “Comedy” in Dante’s time didn’t mean humorous or funny, rather, it described a story whose ending was positive or upliftingoAuthor: Dante Alighieri, born in Florence Italy, 1265, died 1321.In a nutshell… oThe Divine Comedy is a literary reaction to the bitterly contested politics & religion of medieval FlorenceoFlorence, the richest of the Italian city- states and possibly all of Europe at that time, was divided between two political parties- The Blacks (those who supported the Pope) and the Whites (those who didn’t support the Pope)oPope Boniface schemed with the Blacks, Dante was exiledoThe Divine Comedy is Dante’s fictional account of himself travelling through the three divine realms: Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven.oNot surprisingly, in this story Dante puts his enemies in Hell; the Inferno is heavily populated with corrupt Florentine politicians/religious figures characterized as sinnersTermsoCanto- Italian word for “song”. The Divine Comedy is divided into3 cantitas of 33 cantos each (plus one introductory canto = 100 total) o

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