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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 25 Retelling — Gemini — Saint James Examines Dante’s Hope

Chapter 25: Gemini — Saint James Examines Dante’s Hope Dante the Poet thought, I am writing a divine poem: The Divine Comedy. Both Heaven and Earth have played a part in my writing of it, and I have grown thin … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 24 Retelling — Gemini — Saint Peter Examines Dante’s Faith

Chapter 24: Gemini — Saint Peter Examines Dante’s Faith Beatrice said to the lights, “O saved souls who feast at the banquet, help this man. With God’s grace give him a few crumbs that fall from the table. Consider his … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 23 Retelling — Gemini — Christ, Mary, and the Saints

Chapter 23: Gemini — Christ, Mary, and the Saints A mother bird will eagerly await dawn so that she can go forth and find food for her nestlings — this is a task that she joyfully performs. Much like that, … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 22 Retelling — Saturn — Saint Benedict

Chapter 22: Saturn — Saint Benedict Shocked by the cry of the souls, Dante turned toward Beatrice the way a little boy runs to his mother when he is startled. Beatrice calmed Dante just like a mother would calm a … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 21 Retelling — Saturn — Symbolic Ladder; Saint Peter Damian

Chapter 21: Saturn — Symbolic Ladder; Saint Peter Damian Dante looked at Beatrice. Beatrice did not smile. She explained, “Were I to smile in this new Sphere — Saturn — you would be incinerated because you are not yet able … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 20 Retelling — Two Pagans in Paradise (Ripheus and Trajan)

Chapter 20: Jupiter — Two Pagans in Paradise (Ripheus and Trajan) When the Sun sets, the stars become visible. When the Eagle had been speaking, it had spoken as one. Now, it fell silent, and Dante became aware again of … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 19 Retelling — Jupiter — Symbolic Eagle

Chapter 19: Jupiter — Symbolic Eagle Before Dante’s eyes was the figure of the Eagle, a figure that was formed by the joyful souls of the just. Each soul of the just was like a ruby through which a ray … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 18 Retelling — Jupiter — Lovers of Justice

Chapter 18: Jupiter — Lovers of Justice Cacciaguida was happy because he knew that Dante would eventually write The Divine Comedy. Dante was silent for a while as he thought about the exile awaited him. Beatrice said to Dante, “Think … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 17 Retelling — Cacciaguida’s Prophecy

Chapter 17: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Prophecy Phaëthon had heard rumors that he was the son of Apollo, and he went to Apollo to see if the rumors were true. Apollo assured him that the rumors were true, but Phaëthon demanded … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 16 Retelling — Mars — Cacciaguida’s Florence

Chapter 16: Mars — Cacciaguida’s Florence Dante the Poet thought, Having pride in the noble blood of ancestors is trivial, but I will no longer be amazed that men on Earth take pride in the noble blood of ancestors. After … Continue reading

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