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Dante and the Divine Comedy. An Italian friend finds fault with us for not classing the great Italian poet with Homer and Shakspeare, in our article upon the p
oubted before, however, our doubts were removed by thinking upon their compeer, Dante. Unlike his mighty brethren, he has left abundant traces of his personal histor nd they do speak as though they were living in the world of their own day.
Dante, on the contrary, tells his own story.
His poem is a record of what he saw wit that was in print before his time.
But where shall we look for the original of Dante? In the works of Virgil, for whom he professed a slavish admiration, altogether er that poet?
The descent of AÆneas into the heathen Hades, and the sojourn of Dante in the invisible world, bear no more resemblance to each other than Helen bears St.
Paul. The story of a vision which some enthusiast had before the advent of Dante has been republished; but in it we are unable to see any traces of the Divine C