Dante Alighieri 2

Dante’s Influence on Italian Culture
Dante Alighieri was a very well known and influential poet in early literature. “He was not only a poet, he was also a philosophical thinker, an active politician, and a religious visionary” (Holmes 1). Dante was born in Florence in 1265, into the Guelph political party, one of the two main parties in Florence. The Guelphs were aristocrats and nobles. They supported the church and papacy and were against the Renaissance. Their opposition was the Ghibellini Party who consisted of the rising merchant class. They supported the emperor and wanted to gain power from the pope (Holmes 22). During his earlier years Dante was neutral ...

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culture through his poetry and his prose (Dante Internet). His writings helped to unify the Italian language. His opinions on politics were new and many of his ideas are seen in today’s politics (Holmes 23). These are the three key areas in which Dante was so influential.
Dante’s writings had a great impact on Italian literature, both in the nature of the topics and the style of the prose. His writings have been hailed “the pillars on which the European literary tradition has been built” (Dante: The Divine… Internet). The Divine Comedy is very influential and is considered as the greatest piece of poetry in early European literature. “Dante’s Divine Comedy has rightly been regarded as the supreme literary expression of a crucial stage in European thought” (Holmes 1). Dante also influenced the style of poetry by introducing a format that consisted of three canticles each divided into 33 or 34 cantos. Many poets after him have ...

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