Purgatory | Study Guide

Dante Alighieri

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Dante Alighieri

Year Completed

c. 1320


Epic Poem



Perspective and Narrator

Purgatory is narrated in the first person by the author.


Purgatory, like the rest of Dante's poem the Divine Comedy, is recounted in the past tense.

About the Title

Dante's Purgatory is the second of three cantiche, or volumes, in the Divine Comedy, an allegorical tour of the three major imagined dimensions of the Christian afterlife. Having emerged from Hell, a harrowing experience chronicled in his Inferno, the character representing Dante makes his way up Mount Purgatory in the hope of reaching Paradise.


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