Selected Rime of Dante Alighieri

Alighieri, Dante (1265–1321), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in Florence, from which he was banished in 1302 - later dying in Ravenna in 1321. In addition to his masterpieces The Divine Comedy and The New Life, he composed a collection of verse known as Rime spanning diverse topics and styles. Lesser-known than his major works, these poems offer insights into Dante’s artistic evolution and his experimentation with various poetic forms. While The New Life, and to some extent The Divine Comedy, focus on his love for Beatrice, Rime encompasses a broader range of emotions and reflections, including moral philosophy, personal introspection, and political commentary. Written in vernacular Italian, these poems reflect Dante’s commitment to making literature accessible beyond Latin-reading scholars.

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Kline, A. S.

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