The Terrace of Gluttony


In cantos XXII-XXIV, we travel through the terrace where the deadly sin of gluttony is purged.  In this terrace, we see those being purged of gluttony are deprived of all food and drink, while seeing two trees with fruit hanging from them.  Here Dante comes into contact with one of his contemporaries, Forese.  During this exchange, the two poets discuss Forese’s life, albeit briefly, and speak of the origins of Dante’s style of poetry.

During our journey through this terrace, we learn a bit more about this style of poetry that Dante has adopted, along with its origins.  I felt these cantos were more of a historical background of Dante’s style and of his contemporaries, than anything else.  I felt there really wasn’t any mention of gluttony, per se, except to see that his contemporaries were gluttonous.  These cantos are important because of this information.

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Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

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