Giuseppe Ciavorella

Purgatorio, I: Catone

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  • In the first canto of Purgatory
  • the author of the essay suggests a contrast between the underworld (hate)
  • which the poet has just left
  • and the purgatorial world (love) he has just reached: the contrast is achieved both through descriptions of the landscape (colour
  • lights
  • stars)
  • and through charity
  • the new spirituality that characterizes the â€
  • œ
  • second kingdomâ€
  • 
  • symbolized by pagan Cato the Younger
  • who committed suicide for love of freedom but
  • rich in human virtues
  • was saved by a charitable God


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