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Dante Alighieri

A great flame follows a little spark.

Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) is arguably one of the greatest poets who ever lived. His heroic poem, Divine Comedy, is considered a masterpiece of world literature. It was so influential when it was released that it essentially created the modern Italian language. In more recent times, it inspired some of the greatest English authors and poets, including William Blake, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Samuel Beckett, C.S. Lewis, James Joyce, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Dante wrote other poems as well, including The Banquet, The Eclogues, On the Monarchy, The Rhymes, The New Life, and On Eloquence in the Vernacular.