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April 30, 2008

Paolo and Francesca

Filed under: Dante — Tags: , , , , , — Dave @ 1:49 am


Dante spends some time talking to one couple swirling in the wind, locked together for eternity. They are Paolo and Francesca, lovers, famous even in Dante’s time. Unfortunately, Paolo was not married to Francesca, he was her brother in law and was murdered by her husband, caught in the act.

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  1. The canto ends with Dante weeping and fainting, overcome by sadness. This points out another aspect of the Divine Comedy, Dante’s moral growth. As he progresses through Hell, Dante learns to discern the truth from the lies that the damned actually tell him.

    O’ the gift of God to give us!

    Thanks for the education :)

    Comment by Anonymous — May 22, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

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