Tag Archives: Dante’s Purgatory

David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 27: Seventh Ledge — Lust (Third Prophetic Dream)”

Canto 27: Seventh Ledge — Lust (Third Prophetic Dream) How are the Lustful purged on the last of the seven terraces of the seven-storey mountain, and why is that purgation fitting? The sin of lust is a burning sin — … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 26: Seventh Ledge — Lust (Guido Guinizelli and Arnaut Daniel)”

Canto 26: Seventh Ledge — Lust (Guido Guinizelli and Arnaut Daniel) What does Dante see on the 7th ledge? Dante must walk a narrow path here. On one side of him are flames, and on the other side of him … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 25: Seventh Ledge — Lust (Body-Soul Relationship)”

Canto 25: Seventh Ledge — Lust (Body-Soul Relationship) How does Statius explain the relationship of the body and the soul? The penitents whom Dante sees are emaciated, which surprises him because the souls have no body. Statius explains the relationship … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 24: Sixth Ledge — Gluttony (Bonagiunta da Lucca)”

Canto 24: Sixth Ledge — Gluttony (Bonagiunta da Lucca) Where are Forese Donati’s brother and sister? The Donati family is an important family in The Divine Comedybecause it has members in the three parts of the afterlife: the Inferno, Purgatory, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 23: Sixth Ledge — Gluttony (Forese Donati)”

Canto 23: Sixth Ledge — Gluttony (Forese Donati) How are the gluttonous purged, and why is that purgation appropriate? Lots of music — hymns — is heard on the Mountain of Purgatory. On this ledge, penitents chant the hymn Labia … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 22: Sixth Ledge — Gluttony (Statius)”

Canto 22: Sixth Ledge — Gluttony (Statius) Which sin did Statius purge most recently? Dante (with another P erased from his forehead), Virgil, and Statius climb up to the next terrace, the 6th, which is where gluttony is purged. We … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Dante’s PURGATORY: A Discussion Guide — “Canto 21: Fifth Ledge — Avarice and Wastefulness (Statius)”

Canto 21: Fifth Ledge — Avarice and Wastefulness (Statius) Why does the mountain of Purgatory occasionally tremble? The Mountain of Purgatory trembles when a soul is ready to move from Purgatory to the Forest of Eden and then to Heaven. … Continue reading

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