Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

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Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante; (1265 – 1321), was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedia (modern Italian: Commedia) and later christened Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.

Dante has been called "the Father of the Italian language" and one of the greatest poets of world literature. In Italy, Dante is often referred to as il Sommo Poeta ("the Supreme Poet") and il Poeta; he, Petrarch, and Boccaccio are also called "the three fountains" or "the three crowns".

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