Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 1: Reeds






Virgil pulls a reed

To tie around Dante’s waist

The reed grows back fast


NOTE: Purgatory is a place of good surprises. It is also a place where repentant sinners purge pride. The humble reed is a good exemplar of the virtue of humility. Reeds grow on the seashore where other plants cannot because the waves would break their stalks. The humble reed bows before the waves and so survives.





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