The Spiritual Journey of Dante in “The Divine Comedy”

$150.00

This course will trace Dante’s spiritual journey in selections from his foundational poem, The Divine Comedy as he journeys down through his brilliantly imagined Inferno, up through Purgatory, and ends within his mystically illuminated Paradise.

Course text: Any paperback edition of The Divine Comedy but the John Ciardi translation is recommended; Publisher: New American Library; various editions.

Instructors: Matt Doyle; mjfdoyle@gmail.com and Patrick O’Donnell; education@celticjunction.org

6 Zoom sessions. Mondays. 8 – 9:15 pm. January 23 – February 27.

Class fee: $150

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An enormous influence on Irish writers James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, and Samuel Beckett, the fourteenth-century Italian poet and philosopher, Dante Alighieri (c.1265-1321), in a magnificently mythologized hell sought revenge in part on his political enemies, but also offered himself a space to reflect on life’s progress and purpose and ultimate meaning. Acknowledging our propensity for error and confusion, he imagined a divine order and goodness as a “comedy” – a happy ending mythic pattern in which goodness resolves all contradictions and absences – as the real arc of life’s spiritual journey. This course will trace Dante’s spiritual journey in selections from his foundational poem, The Divine Comedy as he journeys down through his brilliantly imagined Inferno, up through Purgatory, and ends within his mystically illuminated Paradise.