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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. Note A.--Summary Of Interpretations. I Will give here in a very few words a summary of the interpretation of this poem, founded on Dante's own words, which has been more fully worked out in the Critical Notice. The poem has for its theme the two-fold object of man's temporal and spiritual reformation; that is, it has its civil (or political) and its philosophical application. It has also a double method, the literal and the allegorical, and the two are shot together, being, as it were, the two sides of one object. The literal method is used to represent the state of mortals after death; this is what we should call its objective meaning, and by this method, of which Dante's own personality is the centre, the political subject is for the most part treated. But the final happiness of man on earth, which is the object of the civil reformation, is allegorically set forth in the Earthly Paradise; just as the spiritual reformation, the sanctification of the human soul, is figured in the Heavenly Paradise. And both these final aims are preceded by, and as it were veiled in, Dante's personal adventures and concrete experiences in the invisible regions which are indeed supernatural, but, as represented by him, as material as the earth we live on. In my brief explanations of the spiritual meanings of the "Divina Commedia," I have not touched on those theories which represent the whole in all its parts as but a mystical parable every detail of which is a symbol of some esoteric mystery believed in by various secret sects. The truth I believe to be that Dante, almost as a matter of course, adopted, as most S suitable to a serious subject, the form which had become prevalent in that age for didactic discourse whether in prose or verse--that of allegory. But h...
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    Dante for Beginners, a Sketch of the 'Divina Commedia' with Tr., Biogr. and Critical Notices

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