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Poet, Politician and Philosopher

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in Florence, exiled from Florence in 1302 and was buried in Ravenna in 1321. His exile provided inspiration for his great work, The Comedy. Written in Florentine vernacular it tells of a journey by Dante pilgrim though Hell, Purgatory and Paradise before he returns to earth to warn the world. Dante’s work influenced Chaucer, Milton and Tennyson. It inspired composers Liszt Rachmaninov Tchaikovsky and Granados. It provided a great subject for artists Dante Gabrieli Rossetti, Rodin, Blake and Dali. Called in Italy il Sommo Poeta (“the Supreme Poet”) he numbers with Boccaccio and Petrarch as one of the three Crowns of Literature in the Florentine vernacular that became the Italian language

Dante Alighieri