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“Dante” by Michelangelo Buonarroti

I’m a firm believer that writers need to support each other. I do my best to support my colleagues. It made my heart sing to find a poem by the great Michelangelo supporting Dante, who wrote Divine Comedy. Yes, the same man who painted the Sistine Chapel also wrote poetry. He wrote over 300 poems. Observe his talent for yourself.

DANTE by: Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)

What should be said of him cannot be said; By too great splendor is his name attended; To blame is easier than those who him offended, Than reach the faintest glory round him shed. This man descended to the doomed and dead For our instruction; then to God ascended; Heaven opened wide to him its portals splendid, Who from his country’s, closed against him, fled. Ungrateful land! To its own prejudice Nurse of his fortunes; and this showeth well That the most perfect most of grief shall see. Among a thousand proofs let one suffice, That as his exile hath no parallel, Ne’er walked the earth a greater man than he.

Translated into English by H.W. Longfellow (1807-1882).

I hope you enjoyed this poem by the great artist, Michelangelo. I will continue supporting writers and artists in my own way.

I’ll be posting my interview with S.V. Farnsworth this Thursday, October 10, 2019. Be sure to come back and learn more about Farnsworth and Woman of the Stone. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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