The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

The word comedy didn’t mean the same 700 years ago as it means today.

The Divine Comedy  by 

Dante Alighieri


Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante, was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later christened Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. It begun c. 1308 and completed 1320, a year before his death in 1321.

‘All hope abandon ye who enter here’

As in some earlier books this phrases it says: “He who enters these gates; Abandon all hopes.” Many phrases are rephrased over the years and this is one of them. How do I know? I own a copy of the Divine Comedy publish in 1888. The origin was published mostly after Dante’s death. The Inquisition tried him for heresy. In my opinion instead of getting angry about what he wrote I would have asked questions. Because some of the Popes mentioned in the work were yet to come. They wasn’t born yet. I would have inquired of him how he knew all. That was one fervent fever he suffered from for him to be able see all that! Common sense ought to have his persecutors that no fever last 12 years.

Very little of his work was published in his lifetime. The little that was published landed him in hot waters.  How we have this work is he hid it with a trusted friend who kept it hidden. The entire poem complete wasn’t published until  nearly 150 years after his death. It was published April 11, 1472.

In 1302, however, he fell out of favor and was exiled for life by the leaders of the Black Guelphs (among them, Corso Donati, a distant relative of Dante’s wife), the political faction in power at the time and who were in league with Pope Boniface VIII.



“Through me is the way to the city of woe.
Through me is the way to sorrow eternal.
Through me is the way to the lost below. Justice moved my architect supernal.
I was constructed by divine power,
supreme wisdom, and love primordial.
Before me no created things were.
Save those eternal, and eternal I abide.
Abandon all hope, you who enter.”
Dante Alighieri, Inferno

Although, the work is over 700 years old it is still going strong.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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6 Responses to The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

  1. unholypursuit says:

    Thank everyone for liking the post. I’m happy you enjoyed it.


  2. Ann Harden says:

    I loved the beta read PDF you sent me on this love story. I can wait for the finish copy.

    On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 2:05 AM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra


  3. Tiger burning bright says:

    This blog stone cold rocks! I like the fact it isn’t a bunch of mindless dribble. It’s actually talking about something enthralling . Keep up the good work. Don’t go anywhere or the relentless tide of mindless dribble that has invaded the web will take over.

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    • Thank you. I’m glad you find it informative. I couldn’t help but notice your ID name.

      TIGER, tiger, burning bright
      In the forests of the night,
      What immortal hand or eye
      Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

      In what distant deeps or skies
      Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
      On what wings dare he aspire?
      What the hand dare seize the fire?

      And what shoulder and what art
      Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
      And when thy heart began to beat,
      What dread hand and what dread feet?

      What the hammer? what the chain?
      In what furnace was thy brain?
      What the anvil? What dread grasp
      Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

      When the stars threw down their spears,
      And water’d heaven with their tears,
      Did He smile His work to see?
      Did He who made the lamb make thee?

      Tiger, tiger, burning bright
      In the forests of the night,
      What immortal hand or eye
      Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

      — William Blake, 1757-1827

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  4. In older books it written “abandon all hope ye who enter these gates” not “abandon all hope ye who enter here.” Why was it changed from Dante’s original words I have no idea.


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