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The Divine Comedy is widely considered to be the preeminent work in Italian literature and one of the greatest works of world literature. The narrative describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise or Heaven, while allegorically the poem represents the soul's journey towards God. Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy where the poet Virgil is presented as human reason and Beatrice is presented as divine knowledge. Thus, this edition brings to you the annotated translation of the Divine Comedy by Henry Francis Cary for a pleasant enjoyment of the world's greatest classic.
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Dante Alighieri (1265 – 1321), was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. In the late Middle Ages, most poetry was written in Latin, accessible only to the most educated readers however, Dante defended use of the vernacular in literature. Dante was instrumental in establishing the literature of Italy, and his depictions of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven provided inspiration for the larger body of Western art. He is cited as an influence on John Milton, Geoffrey Chaucer and Alfred Tennyson, among many others.