The Floren­tine poet har­boured by Ravenna

BBC Music Magazine - - Musical Destinations -

Florence’s on­go­ing grum­bles about Ravenna’s claim to Dante frankly but­ter no parsnips. For while the Ital­ian poet and philoso­pher found much to in­spire him in his birth city, it was only when he was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously ex­iled by the city’s rul­ing ‘Black Guelphs’ in 1302 for his po­lit­i­cal al­le­giances that he started work on the most cel­e­brated of me­dieval Ital­ian po­ems, The Di­vine Com­edy. La div­ina com­me­dia, which Dante com­pleted in Ravenna in 1318, is di­vided into three parts: ‘In­ferno’, ‘Pur­ga­to­rio’ and ‘Par­adiso’, and charts the writer’s jour­ney (with Vir­gil as his guide) from dark­ness and sin to glo­ri­ous light and a fi­nal, be­atific vi­sion of God.

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