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By Rodney J. Payton

This publication is a radical advent to the Inferno for contemporary reader. it truly is in response to Professor Payton's decades of examining Dante's masterpiece with college undergraduates and upon the paintings of some of the best smooth critics. The Guide can be utilized by myself as a severe relief or as a reference paintings for extra study.

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With this exposition we can now return to the beginning of the canto. It is nighttime, a time of rest, and Dante prepares himself, as he says, alone, since Everyman makes this journey "alone,,. for the "strife, both of the journey and of the pity,. (5-6). The strife of the journey is a physical strife as Dante is a living man burdened by material flesh and all the problems thereof, while the strife of the pity is intellectual and emotion, the struggle of man to accept God's judgment as it is seen in Hell itself.

The working out of this paradox is central to the resolution of the strife of the pity. 24), as well as how Virgil's Aeneid functions in the context. His protest, however, "I am not Aeneas, I am not Paul; of this neither I nor others think me worthy .. refers back to his sin of pride in the first canto: thinking himself too sinful, he denies to God the power to save him. Here he says, "neither I nor others think me worthy" a false claim as Divine power itself has ordained him worthy as Virgil's subsequent reply explains.

Thirty-three is a compound of three and also the age of Christ at the time of the crucifixion and therefore important. The Inferno contains thirty-four cantos, perhaps because the things of Hell are furthest removed from direct connection with Christ, but also so that the entire Comedy will consist of one hundred cantos. The invocation continues by invoking genius, that is, the talent of the poet and then, memory. Dante's poem, as we read it, is that work which is produced by the Poet while he is seated at his desk remembering his journey through the afterlife which, as he says, "unerring memory shall retrace" (6).

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