Dante’s Inferno, Canto 20: TRUTH

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Truth is important

Dante must write truth in poems

Fraudsters hide the truth

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NOTE: Virgil tells the truth about the founding of Mantua, the city where he was born, thus showing that some versions of the founding of the city are incorrect. Dante must tell the truth when he writes The Divine Comedy.

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Dante’s Inferno, Canto 20: WET BUTT CRACKS

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Their heads on backwards

Unhappy soothsayers cry

Tears flow down butt crack

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Dante’s Inferno, Canto 20: SOOTHSAYERS AND FORTUNE TELLERS

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Illustrator: Stradanus (1523-1605)

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SOOTHSAYERS AND FORTUNE TELLERS

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Heads are on backward

Tried to look too far ahead

Now always look back

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A Year Ago

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We were talking and laughing so hard over dinner one cold December night.

It felt like I’ve known you for so long when it was actually the first time we went out.

My mind connected with yours like it never did with other people.

The kind of connection I needed then to bring me back to life.

It never occurred to me that we’d someday meet and spend time together.

Because though we’re under the same sky, we belong in different worlds.

It’s really amazing how someone who was just a stranger to you before,

Would suddenly be someone who’d mean so much to you.

Even until now I’m not sure what we were then.

What I’m sure of is that you made me feel butterflies again.

My heart became alive anew as I found my ability to share what’s in me once more.

It’s nice reminiscing about it,

Reliving…

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Dante’s Inferno, Canto 19: SIMONISTS’ PUNISHMENT

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Engraver: Gustave Doré

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SIMONISTS’ PUNISHMENT

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Stuck in holes in ground

Like fall of Simon Magus

Flames dance on their feet

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NOTE: Simony got its name from Simon Magus, aka Simon the Magician. He attempted to buy spiritual gifts that are not sale. In the Apocrypha, he flies in the air but Saint Peter prays and he falls to ground. The Simonists are punished as if they had fallen to earth from the sky. The flames dancing on their feet form a parody of the Pentecost.

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Dante’s Inferno, Canto 19: corruption

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Who buys church offices?

People who see an investment

Not good-deed doers

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NOTE: Do we want a Pope who has bought his way to be Pope? No. Such a person would use his power to do corrupt deeds such as advance his own family at the expense of the people he ought to be serving.

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Dante’s Inferno, Canto 19: EVIL DEED OR GOOD DEED?

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EVIL DEED OR GOOD DEED?

smash baptistery

to do act of blasphemy

or save a child’s life

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NOTE: Dante once smashed a baptistery not as an act of blasphemy but to save a child’s life. Rumors, however, arose that he had committed blasphemy. By writing his INFERNO, Dante criticizes the Catholic Church, but he does not do that as an act of blasphemy but as a way of reforming the Church to make it stronger.

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