Review of The Paradiso

I just completed Dante’s The Paradiso.  Out of the three canticles, I found this one to be the most religious, philosophical, and political, of The Divine Comedy.  I continued to see the theme where Dante is full of pride, not only about his ability as a poet, but that his style of poetry is the best out of everyone.

This canticle also caused me to really think about the philosophical and religious depth this canticle delves into.  I literally could not believe how deep The Paradiso truly is.  It truly is a fitting end to the comedy.  I don’t think I ever had to think as much as I was reading The Paradiso than anything else I’ve read recently.  I truly recommend it for those who are looking for a deep philosophical and religious experience.

I’m very glad I decided to finish my trek through The Divine Comedy.


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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!


  1. My More Difficult Reads – To Date « Beltwayliterature - February 20, 2011

    […] Last, but not least, The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.  I completed The Inferno before I started Beltwayliterature in January 2010.  It is, by far, probably more difficult to read than War and Peace.  It’s more difficult because of references to ancient Greek literature and characters.  It’s also very difficult because you need to have a strong understanding of Italian history, especially during Dante’s time.  Is The Divine Comedy religious, you bet it is.  Is The Inferno the most difficult of the canticles?  I’m torn between that one and The Paradiso.  The Purgatorio was definitely the easiest to understand, but not by very much.  Beltwayliterature started with me writing about The Purgatorio and The Paradiso.  Most of the posts deal with The Purgatorio, but you can find my final thoughts on that canticle here.  You should also be able to easily find the multitude of other posts on this canticle using the search feature, or by taking a look at my archives from January and February 2010.  You can find my final thoughts on The Paradisohere. […]

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