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Dante Alighieri

Date de naissance: 14. mai 1265
Date de décès: 13. novembre 1321

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Dante Alighieri est un poète, écrivain et homme politique florentin né entre la mi-mai et la mi-juin 1265 à Florence et mort le 14 septembre 1321 à Ravenne.

« Père de la langue italienne »,, il est, avec Pétrarque et Boccace, l'une des « trois couronnes » qui imposèrent le toscan comme langue littéraire.

Poète majeur du Moyen Âge, il est l'auteur de la Divine Comédie, souvent considérée comme la plus grande œuvre écrite dans cet idiome et l'un des chefs-d'œuvre de la littérature mondiale.

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Citations Dante Alighieri

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„To her perfection all of beauty tends.“

— Dante Alighieri
Context: She is the sum of nature's universe. To her perfection all of beauty tends. Chapter XIV, lines 49–50 (tr. Barbara Reynolds)

„Do you not know that we are worms and born
To form the angelic butterfly that soars,
Without defenses, to confront His judgment?“

— Dante Alighieri
Context: O Christians, arrogant, exhausted, wretched, Whose intellects are sick and cannot see, Who place your confidence in backward steps, Do you not know that we are worms and born To form the angelic butterfly that soars, Without defenses, to confront His judgment? Why does your mind presume to flight when you Are still like the imperfect grub, the worm Before it has attained its final form? Canto X, lines 121–129 (tr. Mandelbaum).

„But now was turning my desire and will,
Even as a wheel that equally is moved,“

— Dante Alighieri
Context: p>As the geometrician, who endeavours To square the circle, and discovers not, By taking thought, the principle he wants,Even such was I at that new apparition; I wished to see how the image to the circle Conformed itself, and how it there finds place;But my own wings were not enough for this, Had it not been that then my mind there smote A flash of lightning, wherein came its wish. Here vigour failed the lofty fantasy: But now was turning my desire and will, Even as a wheel that equally is moved,The Love which moves the sun and the other stars.</p Canto XXXIII, closing lines, as translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

„The Love which moves the sun and the other stars.“

— Dante Alighieri
Context: p>As the geometrician, who endeavours To square the circle, and discovers not, By taking thought, the principle he wants,Even such was I at that new apparition; I wished to see how the image to the circle Conformed itself, and how it there finds place;But my own wings were not enough for this, Had it not been that then my mind there smote A flash of lightning, wherein came its wish. Here vigour failed the lofty fantasy: But now was turning my desire and will, Even as a wheel that equally is moved,The Love which moves the sun and the other stars.</p Canto XXXIII, closing lines, as translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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„Ye keep your watch in the eternal day.“

— Dante Alighieri
Canto XXX, line 103 (tr. Longfellow).

„The experience of this sweet life.“

— Dante Alighieri
Canto XX, lines 47–48 (tr. Longfellow).

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