Why Dante Matters: An Intelligent Person's Guide

Book cover

Why Dante Matters: An Intelligent Person's Guide

£0.00
£20.00
In stock
Author :   Professor John Took
Publisher :   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN :   9781472951038
Format :   Hardback
Pages :   224
Size (mm) :   234x153x27
Weight (g) :   472

The year 2021 marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, a poet who, as T.S. Eliot put it, 'divides the world with Shakespeare, there being no third'. His, like ours, was a world of moral uncertainty and political violence, all of which... Read more
The year 2021 marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, a poet who, as T.S. Eliot put it, 'divides the world with Shakespeare, there being no third'. His, like ours, was a world of moral uncertainty and political violence, all of which made not only for the agony of exile but for an ever deeper meditation on the nature of human happiness. In 'Why Dante Matters', John Took offers by way of three in particular of Dante's works - the 'Vita Nova' as the great work of his youth, the 'Convivio' as the great work of his middle years and the 'Commedia' as the great work of his maturity - an account, not merely of Dante's development as a poet and philosopher, but of his continuing presence to us as a guide to man's wellbeing as man.