“There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”
-Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia (1319-21)
It’s quotes like this that inspire me, and that I can relate to. This is why I see Dante Alighieri as sort of an image of who I want to be. In my opinion he is the greatest dramatic poet of all time. He is best known for his works such as The Divine Comedy (Divina Commedia), Vita Nuova, and De Vulgari Eloquentia. He released most of his works in the fourteenth century, and they have stood the test of time, having been translated into 175 languages multiple times. He has been named Il Sommo Poeta, meaning The Supreme Poet. Also, he has been considered the father of the Italian language.
Dante Alighieri was born in May/June of 1265, from a family of lower aristocracy, or a lower class family, in Florence, Italy. In school, he mainly studied Latin poetry, literature, and rhetoric. After this he started to have sort of a fatal attraction to Beatrice Portinari, who is mentioned in quite a few of his works, mainly Vita Nuova, his autobiographical compilation of poems. Originally the poems were written long apart, and it didn't require much to combine them into a story. This is why I feel that Dante Alighieri was very intelligent, and he was a brilliant poet. It is also worth noting that he was inspired by the likes of Aristotle and Virgil (Publius Virgilius Maro), and inspired poets like William Blake.
Before he was a poet however, he fought in the battle of Campaldino with the Guelphs. This is later mentioned in his second book of La Divina Commedia, known as Purgatorio. The...