, Bunyan, and others appear to have been exercised in their minds more than we: they were subjected to a kind of culture such as our district schools and colleges do not contemplate.
Ponte alle Grazie--particularly interesting, mentioned by Dante
At length she returned with a lamp; and Archer, having meanwhile put together a phrase out of Dante
and Petrarch, evoked the answer: "La signora e fuori; ma verra subito"; which he took to mean: "She's out--but you'll soon see.
But the highest minds of the world have never ceased to explore the double meaning, or shall I say the quadruple or the centuple or much more manifold meaning, of every sensuous fact; Orpheus, Empedocles, Heraclitus, Plato, Plutarch, Dante
, Swedenborg, and the masters of sculpture, picture, and poetry.
The great accident of an architect of genius may happen in the twentieth century, like that of Dante
in the thirteenth.
Hayward talked of Richard Feverel and Madame Bovary, of Verlaine, Dante
, and Matthew Arnold.
You, I suppose, can have Venice and India and Dante
every day of your life.
However slight the terrestrial intercourse between Dante
and Beatrice or Petrarch and Laura, time changes the proportion of things, and in later days it is preferable to have fewer sonnets and more conversation.
I wish the time might come when we could read Shakespeare, and Dante
, and Homer, as sincerely and as fairly as we read any new book by the least known of our contemporaries.
And also, if Dante
had wished for a new type to be added to his characters of the Inferno, he might have chosen Boxtel during the period of Van Baerle's successes.
Every sweet lover's inferno unguessed of by Dante
she led me through.
From this time, and especially after his other visit to Italy, five years later, he made much direct use of the works of Petrarch and Boccaccio and to a less degree of those of their greater predecessor, Dante
, whose severe spirit was too unlike Chaucer's for his thorough appreciation.
That afternoon the young ladies from the Rectory (one of them read Goethe with a dictionary, and the other had strug- gled with Dante
for years), coming to see Miss Swaffer, tried their German and Italian on him from the doorway.
or Bunyan, he has a revelation of another life; like Bacon, he is profoundly impressed with the unity of knowledge; in the early Church he exercised a real influence on theology, and at the Revival of Literature on politics.
And by the time of the Battle of the Black River he had fallen from world to world to that place which Dante
makes the lowest floor of the universe.