The Divine Comedy: Dante’s Journey to Freedom | GeorgetownX on edX


[MUSIC PLAYING] FRANK AMBROSIO: Learning
to read poetry is learning to do the deep magic of language. It’s learning to speak to the dead. But first, the book just sits
there silent as the grave. But if we listen carefully,
then softly at first, the poetry begins to speak to us. And we find ourselves
speaking to it in response. Dante is the master of
speaking with the dead. He convinces us that the
dead can tell us things. Things we do not know. Things we cannot discover
about the meaning of life, because we are still
in the middle of it. He shows us that
conversations with the dead can change the way that we look at life. You and I may not have
enough imagination to explore the realms of death
that open up in the middle of life. And Dante knows that no one can find
their way through life without a guide. My name is Frank Ambrosio. And in this course, I
will help you discover the magic of Dante’s poetry and Dante
will teach you to imagine the deepest terrors, and the highest hopes that
are still undiscovered in your heart. Only then will you be in a
position to decide finally for yourself, who you choose to become. [MUSIC PLAYING] Forever. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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