Dante was told to make Hell

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

DANTE: - Dante Alighieri isrepparttar tour guide of Hell. In fact you could say he isrepparttar 139976 creator of Hell if you did not understand he was directed and encouraged as others were being forced to write and create all manner of graven images and religious icons or treatises to support Hell, Satan andrepparttar 139977 whole dogma of ‘sins and demons’. The Church owned all creative work because such creative things came from God and they wererepparttar 139978 representatives of this God. Nice scam if you can make it work – eh? Here is a little academic insight into how he also was tasked to diminishrepparttar 139979 perception of prior seers and wise people.

“Inferno XX falls into four narrative segments. Lines 1-30 presentrepparttar 139980 sin of divination in general terms; lines 31-57 introduce famous diviners of antiquity, each of whom figures in and represents a major classical text: Amphiaraus from Statius' Thebaid, Tiresias from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Arruns from Lucan's Pharsalia, and Manto from Vergil's Aeneid; lines 58-99 encompassrepparttar 139981 digression on Mantova; lines 100-130 contain Dante's query regarding further diviners, and Vergil's response, in which he names Eurypylus fromrepparttar 139982 Aeneid and various contemporary practitioners. We noterepparttar 139983 canto's symmetry;repparttar 139984 general opening and closing sections, each of thirty lines, framerepparttar 139985 more particularized interior sequences. The seemingly extraneous section on Mantova is thus entirely surrounded and informed byrepparttar 139986 commanding issue of prophecy, an issue which is directly related torepparttar 139987 canto's highlighting of poets and poetry, to its evocation ofrepparttar 139988 classical auctores and torepparttar 139989 arresting behavior of Vergil. For prophecy is in fact a textual issue; a profeta for Dante is one who foretells, who reads inrepparttar 139990 «magno volume» of God's mind (Par. XV, 50), and deciphersrepparttar 139991 book ofrepparttar 139992 future. Because prophecy is therefore essentially a matter of correct and incorrect reading,repparttar 139993 canto's emphasis on textuality is insistent: fromrepparttar 139994 initial terzina, which proclaims in deliberately technical languagerepparttar 139995 author's need to make verse and give form to his twentieth canto, torepparttar 139996 equally technical reference torepparttar 139997 Aeneid as an «alta tragedìa» in line 113; if this isrepparttar 139998 only locus inrepparttar 139999 poem in which Dante affixes a numerical tag to a canto, it is also a unique definition of Vergil's poem as a text belonging to a specific genre. Moreover,repparttar 140000 textual awareness ofrepparttar 140001 canto's opening lines __ «Di nova pena mi conven far versi / e dar matera al ventesimo canto / de la prima canzon» __ is shared by its final verse: «Sì mi parlava, e andavamo introcque». Hererepparttar 140002 presence of a word, introcque, whose use byrepparttar 140003 Florentines is caricatured inrepparttar 140004 De Vulgari Eloquentia, raises a host of questions about writing and genre, and serves to closerepparttar 140005 canto onrepparttar 140006 same textual key with which it began.


Written by Irvin L. Rozier


I dreamed this early this morning, 25 May 05. Inrepparttar first dream I was talking to four American veterans ofrepparttar 139855 Iraqi conflict. I was telling them I was a combat wounded veteran and I had spent two years in Iraq fighting for a great cause. These men were listening intently to me and believing everything I was telling them. I then gathered all four around me, looked them inrepparttar 139856 eyes, and told themrepparttar 139857 truth. I said I had fabricated my whole story, andrepparttar 139858 reasons forrepparttar 139859 war had been falsified. I sawrepparttar 139860 wounded look of betrayal in their eyes and on their faces. I then told themrepparttar 139861 purpose for my false story. I said,"You see, leaders in high places can tell you anything just to get you to follow them. Just likerepparttar 139862 blind leadingrepparttar 139863 blind, both will fall inrepparttar 139864 ditch."

I then dreamed this dream. I had parked my red Ford Crew Cab truck in a parking lot by a large city park. I walked away and when I returned to my truck, a saw that a thief had stolen my left(driver's) door, both left wheels and tires, and my radio was hanging by a few wires. I looked up and saw several other people who also had their vehicles vandalized by a thief. I then sawrepparttar 139865 thief surrounded by some of his stolen goods, in a small grove of trees in a city park. Other people, including police, politicians, and religious leaders began to chaserepparttar 139866 thief. The thief was too strong for

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