Dante Alighieri





Dante Alighieri


Born
in Florence, Italy
March 16, 1265

Died
June 18, 1321

Genre

Influences


Dante Alighieri, or simply Dante (May 14/June 13 1265 – September 13/14, 1321), is one of the greatest poets in the Italian language; with the comic story-teller Boccaccio and the poet Petrarch, he forms the classic trio of Italian authors. Dante Alighieri was born in the city-state Florence in 1265. He first saw the woman, or rather the child, who was to become the poetic love of his life when he was almost nine years old and she was some months younger. In fact, Beatrice married another man, Simone di' Bardi, and died when Dante was 25, so their relationship existed almost entirely in Dante's imagination, but she nonetheless plays an extremely important role in his poetry. Dante attributed all the heavenly virtues to her soul and imagined ...more

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“My course is set for an uncharted sea.”
Dante Alighieri

“Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.”
Dante Alighieri, Inferno

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  44 votes, 21.7%

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  43 votes, 21.2%

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  29 votes, 14.3%

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  18 votes, 8.9%

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