The "Divine Comedy" was entitled by Dante himself merely "Commedia," meaning a poetic composition in a style intermediate between the sustained nobility of tragedy, and the popular tone of elegy. The word had no dramatic implication at that time, though it did involve a happy ending. The poem is the narrative of a journey down through Hell, up the mountain of Purgatory, and through the revolving heavens into the presence of God. In this aspect it belongs to the two familiar medieval literary types of the Journey and the Vision. It is also an allegory, representing under the symbolism of the stages and experiences of the journey, the history of a human soul, painfully struggling from sin through purification to the Beatific Vision. Contained in this volume is the second part of the "Divine Comedy," the "Purgatorio" or "Purgatory," from the translation of Charles Eliot Norton.
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- CANTO I. Invocation to the Muses.-Dawn of Easter on the shore of Purgatory.-The Four Stars.-Cato.-The cleansing of Dante from the stains of Hell.
- CANTO II. Sunrise.-The Poets on the shore.-Coming of a boat, guided by an angel, bearing souls to Purgatory.-Their landing.-Casella and his song.-Cato hurries the souls to the mountain.
- CANTO III. Ante-Purgatory.-Souls of those who have died in contumacy of the Church.-Manfred.
- CANTO IV. Ante-Purgatory.-Ascent to a shelf of the mountain.-The negligent, who postponed repentance to the last hour.-Belacqua.
- CANTO V. Ante-Purgatory.-Spirits who had delayed repentance, and met with death by violence, but died repentant.-Jacopo del Cassero.-Buonconte da Montefeltro-Via de' Tolomei.
- CANTO VI. Ante-Purgatory.-More spirits who had deferred repentance till they were overtaken by a violent death.-Efficacy of prayer.-Sordello.-Apostrophe to Italy.
- CANTO VII. Virgil makes himself known to Sordello.-Sordello leads the Poets to the Valley of the Princes who have been negligent of salvation.-He points them out by name.
- CANTO VIII. Valley of the Princes.-Two Guardian Angels.-Kino Visconti.-The Serpent.-Corrado Malaspina.
- CANTO IX. Slumber and Dream of Dante.-The Eagle.-Lucia.-The Gate of Purgatory.-The Angelic Gatekeeper.-Seven P's inscribed on Dante's Forehead.-Entrance to the First Ledge.
- CANTO X. First Ledge: the Proud.-Examples of Humility sculptured on the Rock.
- CANTO XI. First Ledge: the Proud.-Prayer.-Omberto Aldobrandeschi.-Oderisi d' Agubbio.-Provenzan Salvani.
- CANTO XII. First Ledge: the Proud.-Examples of the punishment of Pride graven on the pavement.-Meeting with an Angel who removes one of the P's.-Ascent to the Second Ledge.
- CANTO XIII. Second Ledge the Envious.-Examples of Love.-The Shades in haircloth, and with sealed eyes.-Sapia of Siena.
- CANTO XIV. Second Ledge: the Envious-Guido del Duca.-Rinieri de' Calboli.-Examples of the punishment of Envy.
- CANTO XV. Second Ledge: the Envious.-An Angel removes the second P from Dante's forehead.-Discourse concerning the Sharing of Good.-Ascent to the Third Ledge: the Wrathful.-Examples of Forbearance seen in Vision.
- CANTO XVI. Third Ledge the Wrathful.-Marco Lombardo.-His discourse on Free Will, and the Corruption of the World.
- CANTO XVII. Third Ledge the Wrathful.-Issue from the Smoke.-Vision of examples of Anger.-Ascent to the Fourth Ledge, where Sloth is purged.-Second Nightfall.-Virgil explains how Love is the root of Virtue and of Sin.
- CANTO XVIII. Fourth Ledge The Slothful.-Discourse of Virgil on Love and Free Will.-Throng of Spirits running in haste to redeem their Sin.-The Abbot of San Zone.-Dante falls asleep.
- CANTO XIX. Fourth Ledge: the Slothful-Dante dreams of the Siren.-The Angel of the Pass.-Ascent to the Fifth Ledge.-Pope Adrian V. At the hour when the diurnal heat, vanquished by the Earth or sometimes by Saturn, can warm no more the coldness of the moonthere came to me in dream a woman stammering, with eyes asquint, and crooked on her feet, with hands lopped off, and pallid in her color. I gazed at her
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- CANTO XX. Fifth Ledge: the Avaricious.-The Spirits celebrate examples of Poverty and Bounty.-Hugh Capet.-His discourse on his descendants.-Trembling of the Mountain.
- CANTO XXI. Fifth Ledge: the Avaricious.-Statius.-Cause of the trembling of the Mountain.-Statius does honor to Virgil.
- CANTO XXII. Ascent to the Sixth Ledge.-Discourse of Statius and Virgil.-Entrance to the Ledge: the Gluttonous.-The Mystic Tree.-Examples of Temperance.
- CANTO XXIII. Sixth Ledge: the Gluttonous.-Forese Donati.-Nella.-Rebuke of the women of Florence.
- CANTO XXIV. Sixth Ledge: the Gluttonous.-Forese Donati.-Bonagiunta of Lucca-Pope Martin IV-Ubaldin dalla Pila.-Bonifazio.-Messer Marchese.-Prophecy of Bonagiunta concerning Gentucca, and of Forese concerning Corso de' Donati.-Second Mystic Tree.-The Angel of the Pass.
- CANTO XXV. Ascent to the Seventh Ledge.-Discourse of Statius on generation, the infusion of the Soul into the body, and the corporeal semblance of Souls after death.-The Seventh Ledge: the Lustful.-The mode of their Purification.
- CANTO XXVI. Seventh Ledge: the Lustful.-Sinners in the fire, going in opposite directions.-Guido Guinicelli.-Arnaut Daniel.
- CANTO XXVII. Seventh Ledge: the Lustful.-Passage through the Flames.-Stairway in the rock.-Night upon the stairs.-Dream of Dante.-Morning.-Ascent to the Earthly Paradise.-Last words of Virgil.
- CANTO XXVIII. The Earthly Paradise.-The Forest.-A Lady gathering flowers on the bank of a little stream.-Discourse with her concerning the nature of the place.
- CANTO XXIX. The Earthly Paradise.-Mystic Procession or Triumph of the Church.
- CANTO XXX. The Earthly Paradise.-Beatrice appears.-Departure of Virgil.-Reproof of Dante by Beatrice.
- CANTO XXXI. The Earthly Paradise.-Reproachful discourse of Beatrice, amid confession of Dante.-Passage of Lethe.-Appeal of the Virtues to Beatrice.-Her Unveiling.
- CANTO XXXII. The Earthly Paradise.-Return of the Triumphal procession.-The Chariot bound to the Mystic Tree.-Sleep of Dante.-His waking to find the Triumph departed.-Transformation of the Chariot.-The Harlot and the Giant.
- CANTO XXXIII. The Earthly Paradise.-Prophecy of Beatrice concerning one who shall restore the Empire.-Her discourse with Dante.-The river Eunoe.-Dante drinks of it, and is fit to ascend to Heaven.
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