AU Literary Comparison of Dante Inferno and Legacies of Dante Inferno Discussion

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Your paper ought to feature a clear and concise thesis that you can argue for 5 or more pages.

  • Select 2 brief (but coherent) passage, each around 10 to 15 lines.

You may, however, also write about more modern texts that were included on Blackboard during our various “legacy” lectures.

This thesis and every subsequent point you make must be supported by evidence from the text. You ought not to simply quote the text but work with it. Explain how the use of figures of speech, word choice, imagery, etc. contributes to the comparative argument you are trying to make.

You should aim for an integrated comparison. Don’t simply list features in Text A in one paragraph, followed by features in Text B in another paragraph. Instead, the best essays will actively compare both texts throughout each body paragraph.

I am interested in what you have to say through your comparison of the two texts. In other words, simply comparing the two texts is not enough. Those comparisons should create an insight about Western culture.

You may use outside evidence to help you make your point in this essay. This outside evidence is not necessary.

Important:

One text come from Dante Inferno, cantos 1-34

One text come from Legacies of Dante's Inferno

Legacies of Dante's Inferno links: http://www.columbia.edu/itc/history/winter/w3206/e...

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Literary Comparison of Dante's Inferno and Legacies of Dante's Inferno, Outline
Introduction


Dante's inferno is about the journey of Dante through the gates of hell, aided by Virgil.
Dante Alighieri produces the Christian hell imagery through writing by taking us through
a journey that shows souls of those who sinned on earth burning and suffering as a penalty
for their actions.

Body


Both Dante and Eliot use personification in their writing. In the second last stanza of Canto
2, Dante uses personification to pass his point across. He describes florets as bending down
and closing.



The second bit of personification in Dante's Canto II text comes in line two. Dante says,
"When the day has blanched their leaves" (Inferno, 2020) to depict the day as a person
blanching their leaves.



Personification continues in Dante's Canto II. Dante says, "into my heart, such kindly
courage ran" (Inferno, 2020). In this case, courage is personified. It creates the sense that
the human form of courage is running into his heart.



The two authors employ imagery in their works, as seen in the two texts that are the subject
of comparison. In the text in Canto II, Dante describes the air as being frosty. Dante wants
to make the reader understand the condition of the air.



Dante describes florets in lines 1 and 2 of the text in Canto 2 II in a way that creates visual
images in mind. He says, "as florets bent down and closed" (Inferno, 2020) and further
says, "rise all unfolded on their spiry stems."



Eliot creates another part of the imagery of a waterfall. He says, "the voice of the hidden
waterfall" (Eliot, 2020) describes a long river and its movement.



Dante also employs alliteration in his writing as a figure of speech. In line 9 of the text in
Canto II, he says "so soon..," (Inferno, 2020), creating alliteration with the sound 's.' The
sound creates a rhythm for the reader as they read on.

Conclusion


The two authors use various figures of speech to put their points across in their poems.
Dante and Eliot have exhausted the use of personification in their poems. Besides that, they
have also used lots of imagery. Alliteration is also another literary device that both Dante
and Eliot have employed.

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Running head: LITERARY COMPARISON OF DANTE'S INFERNO AND LEGACIES OF
DANTE'S INFERNO

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LITERARY COMPARISON OF DANTE'S INFERNO AND LEGACIES OF DANTE'S
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Literary Comparison of Dante's Inferno and Legacies of Dante's Inferno
Dante's inferno is about the journey of Dante through the gates of hell, aided by Virgil.
Dante Alighieri produc...


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