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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 6: POLITICS

https://pixabay.com/en/politics-political-election-letters-2361943/ *** POLITICS *** Theme of Politics Very important in the Divine Comedy *** NOTE: Obviously, Canto 6 in the Inferno, Canto 6 in the Paradise, and Canto 6 in the Paradisehave the topic of politics in common. In the … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 4: Saint Lawrence

Source: Anonymous, Mexican Painter, mid-19thcentury, via Wikimedia Commons *** SAINT LAWRENCE *** Lawrence kept his vow His absolute will was strong He was grilled alive *** NOTE: Saint Lawrence, a deacon of the Church of Rome, was ordered to hand … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 4: ABSOLUTE WILL AND CONDITIONED WILL

https://pixabay.com/en/wine-corks-heart-wine-cork-love-1567598/ *** ABSOLUTE WILL AND CONDITIONED WILL *** People of good will Are sometimes forced to do wrong. Should they then be blamed? *** NOTE: In some cases, they can be blamed. Absolute will means absolutely wanting to do something. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Good Deeds Anecdotes

People respected the dancer/ choreographer Katherine Dunham. In Paris, France, the luggage of her dance troupe was not released to them because workers on strike in the port of Cherbourg were using it to block a road. However, when the … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 26: LOVE POETS

https://pixabay.com/en/book-heart-love-grains-sand-sea-2115176/ *** LOVE POETRY *** Not surprisingly Many writers of love poems Purge the sin of lust *** https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/dantes-purgatory-canto-26-retelling-seventh-ledge-lust-guido-guinizelli-and-arnaut-daniel/ ***

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 25: body and soul

https://pixabay.com/en/baby-sepia-sleep-small-child-sweet-3388975/ *** God directly creates The soul, which joined to body Creates a human *** NOTE: An important point in Christian theology is that the soul survives the death of the body. Statius tells Dante that the souls in Purgatory … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 24: Names

https://pixabay.com/en/name-butterfly-nameplate-children-372190/ *** NAMES *** Who are these saved souls? Forese names them for Dante. No reason not to. *** NOTE: Dante’s friend Forese Donati names several saved souls here. There is no reason not to. In the Inferno, many sinners … Continue reading

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