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79Re: [Divina Commedia] Who was the man?

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  • David Camp
    Nov 7, 2006
      There is so much to grasp with Dante, and in his work, that various people have said wildly varying things about both. For example, some have said he must have lived a saintly life. Others have looked at the opening lines of his poem, and at how he judges himself in Purgatorio, and have concluded he was as human as the next person, if not more so. After all, it is hard to write powerfully about something unless you yourself know it. What I have previously stated on other lists is that his work is powerful because it is a very good mirror. People read it and see themselves. Consequently, what they say about it says as much about them as the work itself.

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