The Original Plan of the Divine Comedy

  title={The Original Plan of the Divine Comedy},
  author={Hiram Peri (Pflaum)},
  journal={Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes},
  pages={189 - 210}
The problem of when the Divine Comedy was composed is doubtless one of the most important to which scholars interested in Dante must seek an answer. It is not just the question of a date; our understanding of the Commedia depends to a considerable extent on knowing in which period of his stormy life Dante conceived the plan of his poem. Although it is possible, of course, at least in theory, that Dante poured some earlier poetic material into his poem, we may safely take the date of his…