Dante or the man who became Easter

  You will agree that there are better ways to spend Easter than undertaking journeys to the Underworld. That even if the lockdown were to be lifted today on Good Friday, you'd think twice before signing up to a guided tour of Hell. If you're given the choice between the bowels of the Earth or... Continue Reading →

A vertical reading of Dante’s Purgatorio 4

One way of reading Dante's Divine Comedy is 'vertically', which means analyzing same-numbered cantos from two or three parts of the poem (canticles), Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, for symmetrical meanings which become enriched by this clever juxtaposition. This is based on the presupposition that Dante built this symmetry into the poem as a whole, and expected... Continue Reading →

Dante’s windmills

The final canto of Inferno opens, ex abrupto, with one of the most powerful images in the whole of the canticle: a mockery of the 6th-century hymn 'Vexilla regis': 'Vexilla regis prodeunt inferni verso di noi; però dinanzi mira», disse ’l maestro mio, «se tu ’l discerni». “Vexilla regis prodeunt inferni toward us; and therefore keep... Continue Reading →

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