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The Paradiso: A Reading & Commentary, Part I

Dr. White refers to The Paradiso as the least often read part of The Divine Comedy. But it is here, according to White, that Dante outdoes himself in trying to describe heaven, even though the poet himself admits to a sense of inadequacy by acknowledging that no man can truly know what it is like in paradise, or capture the true vision of God. In The Paradiso Dante uses medieval astronomy as a vehicle for the lovely Beatrice to explain the “spheres” of heaven and the will of God.

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