This style was constructed by using sequential pairs of rhyming iambic pentameter lines. Similar in theme, but differing in style, Dante’s The Divine Comedy and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales were, and still remain some of world literatures most renowned works. I feel there are two possible underlying themes of the Iliad. They are; the blind need to achieve a goal at all cost and the bitter sweet result of achieving that goal. Although the story is centered on the events surrounding the siege of Troy, the subject of this poem is the anger of Achilles.
He compares the agony that he hears to a song. Dante continues this metaphor as he talks about the sounds of weeping upset him. This imagery makes the reader hear the agony coming from the sinners and affects them emotionally. In stanza 9, Dante also uses the literary device of repetition. He starts off line 25 with “And now the notes of anguish…” then in like 26 he also says “and now I find myself…” Dante also rhymes the word sound and pound in line 27.
“Galeotto was the book and he who wrote it”1 : Lyrical Play in Dante’s Inferno 1 1 Dante’s Inferno, Durling and Martinez. 1 In his essay “Paolo and Francesca,” Renato Poggioli analyzes and interprets a piece of the fifth canto of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. The passage deals with the affair of two passion-driven lovers, Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta, and the readings of Lancelot du Lac which are said to have provoked their sin. Poggioli uses his research and understanding of the subject to draw conclusions about the meaning behind Dante’s choice and structure of words. He has many observations that deserve recognition, and is correct about Dante’s overall use of the romantic episode as a parody between his feelings of sympathy and compassion toward the sinners paired with his sound and harsh judgment toward the sin.
How do Dante and Hesse use imagery to portray the punishment from sin in The Inferno and Siddhartha? In Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, the suffering from sin comes in your life on Earth, while the suffering form sin in The Inferno by Dante Alighieri is much more severe and comes while in Hell. Both Dante and Hesse use the literary element imagery to portray these punishments and sufferings. While there is major suffering for characters in both novels, there is also a great difference between the two novels as to how the characters in the book suffer for their sins. In The Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Dante uses great imagery to depict the exact nature of the intense punishments the dwellers of Hell are put through by Satan.
• Elegy is also considered an epic poem: ordinarily concerning a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds and events • In the elegy, mention of Mercutio was left out and positive comments of Romeo’s behaviour, believed that Benvolio was homosexual. • Situation: Mercutio and Tybalt verbally and physically fight, resulting in the deaths. • Importance of passage: scene is considered the turning point of the play because it is where Romeo becomes exiled and the plan created by the Friar and the deaths come into play. • Structure: Component of elegy: dactylic hexameter followed by dactylic pentameter, with iambic pentameter for the second stanza/paragraph (from line 165) • Dactylic hexameter: meter used in an elegy, for the first line. Follows this pattern: — U | — U | — U | — U | — u u | — X (note that — is a long syllable, u a short syllable and U either one long or two shorts and X is an ancep (long) syllable).
Dante’s Inferno is written with more of a defined structure than Virgil’s Aeneid despite the apparent similarities between the two texts. In the Inferno, Dante’s description of hell isn’t simply a place of perils in which souls are sentenced for wrongdoings. It is more profound as it has many levels for specific sins which are marked by boundaries. Dante's construction of hell based on levels for particular sins is one of the most unique perspectives for his underworld which differs from Virgil's underworld. In Virgil's underworld, everyone sins equally and therefore is entitled to equal punishment.
He explained that Dante’s Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieri’s poem from the fourteenth-century called Divine Comedy. It is about the journey of Dante through hell, or the medieval version of hell, guided by the Roman poet Virgil. In the poem, Hell is shown as nine circles of suffering located within the earth. Through symbolism, the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul towards God, with the Inferno (Italian for Hell) describing the recognition and the rejection of sin. Overall I thought that whole presentation was extremely boring and hard to follow.
The interesting thing about canto V is Minos. In other religions, we have come across a figure or figures that determine the punishments or deem salvation for souls. In this case, Minos is the one who deals out the punishments for souls. It’s also interesting that the second circle of Hell is for the lustful. The way Dante classified Hell I’m sure has been studied many times, but infidelity is also considered a betrayal, and I’m surprised it’s not lower.
The epic poem Beowulf that we were assigned to read this summer is a classic example of good vs. evil, being that good vs. evil is the theme of the book. The theme of good vs. evil in this poem is not to be seen only as two things that are usually identified as opposite, but that they both come hand in hand in each person’s life. Beowulf is set up like how a epic would be set up. It has everyone separated. There is a hero, there are the so called “villans”, monsters, magical creatures, very shadowy setting, and people that have to be saved.
According to Dorothy Sayers, “The Inferno is not only hell, it is also human life when life has become hell. It is the closed human heart, a funnel of dissipation, violence and malice. The Inferno raises questions about the individual human heart and the human community. Dante’s hell gradually reveals itself not as a bizarre book of horribly arbitrary punishments in another world but as a clinically accurate unmasking of human corruption in this world.” Based on human actions upon earth we do live in a hell. Dante takes us on a journey through his version of hell but upon a deeper look you realize that the same weight that each sin holds in hell is equivalent to that of earth.