Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 1: Calliope


Source: Simon Vouet, The Muses Urania and Calliope (detail)




Muse Calliope

Sing and help me tell my tale

Help a suppliant


NOTE: Dante has a new task. He has told about what he saw in the Inferno, but now he must tell what he saw on the Mountain of Purgatory. He has written poetry about dead unrepentant souls, but now he must write poetry about dead repentant souls who climb the Mountain of Purgatory to purge their sins and prepare for Paradise. Calliope is the Muse of eloquence and of epic poetry, and she can help him tell his tale.




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