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Monday, November 29, 2010

Impact of Divine Comedy

Informal Theme # 4

Blog # 4

               The Divine Comedy (La Divina Comedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature.
               Upon reading the book, it really made an impact in my life. Imagining every circles of hell in Inferno, I was really nervous of what will happen to me in afterlife. I began thinking of what circle will I belong. Any of those punishments in every circle is not what I wanted to experience. Boiling in the river of blood, walking with your head twisted 180 degrees, running continuously on the burning sand, freezing in ice, feeded by Harpies, and many more. I began to get nervous while reading this. What if it's true? That's what I thought. But I told myself, "No, It's just a story." 
               In Purgatorio, I felt the same but not as nervous as I was reading the Inferno. In Paradiso, I gained hope. I told myself that I'll begin to do good things for me not to be sent in Inferno. By this, I can say that Dante accomplished his goal to make his novel very memorable to readers.