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New Life (La vita nuova)

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New Life (La vita nuova) by Dante Alighieri is a captivating and lyrical exploration of love, grief, and personal growth. The author's heartfelt prose draws readers into a deeply emotional journey as he navigates the complexities of love and loss.

Through a series of poems and prose passages, Dante shares his experiences of falling in love with Beatrice, a woman who becomes his muse and inspiration. His raw and intense emotions are palpable throughout the book, making it a powerful and moving read.

The themes of love and loss are beautifully intertwined, creating a poignant and bittersweet narrative that resonates with readers on a profound level. Dante's reflections on his feelings for Beatrice and the transformative power of love are both intimate and profound, leaving a lasting impact on those who delve into his words.

Overall, New Life (La vita nuova) is a beautifully written and deeply moving work that delves into the complexities of love, grief, and personal growth. Dante Alighieri's eloquent prose and heartfelt emotions make this book a compelling read that will stay with readers long after they have finished it.

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One of Dante's earliest works, La vita nuova or La vita nova (The New Life) is in a prosimetrum style, a combination of prose and verse, and tells the story of his youthful love for Beatrice. The prose creates the illusion of narrative continuity between the poems; it is Dante's way of reconstructing himself and his art in terms of his evolving sense of the limitations of courtly love (the system of ritualized love and art that Dante and his poet-friends inherited from the Provençal poets, the Sicilian poets of the court of Frederick II, and the Tuscan poets before them). Sometime in his twenties, Dante decided to try to write love poetry that was less centered on the self and more aimed at love as such: he intended to elevate courtly love poetry, many of its tropes and its language, into sacred love poetry. Beatrice for Dante was the embodiment of this kind of love—transparent to the Absolute, inspiring the integration of desire aroused by beauty with the longing of the soul for divine splendor.

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 29, 2016
Subject: TOO FAST
This is poetry... It can not be rushed. You sound like you are reading a recipe!

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