The Divine Comedy: Dante’s Journey to Freedom, Part 1 | GeorgetownX on edX | Course About Video


FRANK AMBROSIO: Learning
to read poetry is learning to do the deep magic of language. It’s learning to speak to the dead. At first, the book just sits
there silent as the grave. But if we listen carefully,
then, softly at first, the poetry begins to
speak to us, and we find ourselves speaking to it in response. Dante is the master of
speaking with the dead. He convinces us that the dead can
tell us things, things we do not know, things we cannot discover about the
meaning of life because we are still in the middle of it. He shows us that
conversations with the death can change the way that we look at life. Z and I may not have enough imagination
to explore the realms of death that open up in the middle of life. And Dante knows that no one can find
their way through life without a guide. My name is Frank Ambrosio. And in this course, I will help you
discover the magic of Dante’s poetry. And Dante will teach you to imagine
the deepest terrors and the highest hopes that are still
undiscovered in your heart. Only then will you be in a position
to decide, finally, for yourself, who you choose to become– forever.

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