A unique treatise by a poet, written for poets, on the art of poetry
The La Vita Nuova is elaborately and symbolically patterned, consisting of a selection of Dante’s early poems, interspersed with his own prose commentary. The poems themselves tell the story of his love for Beatrice, from their first meeting at a May Day party in her father’s house, through Dante’s sufferings and his attempts to conceal the true object of his devotion by the use of ‘screen-loves’, to his overwhelming grief at her death, ending with the transformative vision of her in heaven. These are some of the richest love poems in literature and the movement from self-pitying lament to praise for the beloved’s beauty and virtue, illustrate the elevating power of love.
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About Dante Alighieri
Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265 to a noble but impoverished family. His life was divided by political duties and poetry, the most famous of which – The Divine Comedy and La Vita Nuova – was inspired by… More about Dante Alighieri
Published by Penguin Classics Oct 19, 2004| 128 Pages| ISBN 9780140449471