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Dante Aligheri was a very well known and influential poet in early literature Dante was born in Florence in 1265 into the Gulf political system Both 7 The Gulfs were aristocrats and nobles They supported the papacy and were against the Renaissance In his early years Dante was not politically active Dante eventually rose to become a political figure in the government of Florence His life examples are what helped shaped his views on politics and religion One of his most famous pieces of literature the Inferno which is a part of the Divine Comedy contains many political and religious references ER Vincent in his annual Italian lecture on re-reading the Divine Comedy and the Inferno states that Politics are interwoven into the very texture of the Divine Comedy The urgent need for reform is constantly in Dantes mind His own bitter experiences lend a passionate reality to his attacks on unworthy popes dilatory Emperors sinful rulers and facetious citizens Vincent 8 Dante officially entered Florentine political life as a member of the White Gulfs in November 1295 at the age of thirty Bemrose 37 Records indicate that Dante served several political offices in Florence It was not until the year 1300 that Dante was sent on a mission to San Gimignano for diplomatic purposes Dante later that year was elected to one of the six magistrate positions in Florence Dante only held that position for a few months when the Black Gulfs took over Florence Dante was banished from political office and subsequently exiled from Florence Dante was exiled for his political beliefs and his opposition to the pope who at the time was Pope Boniface VIII Bemrose 51 This would leave a lasting distaste in Dantes mouth for Boniface While in exile this is said to have been the time when Dante wrote the Inferno and the Divine Comedy The exiling of Dante helped him put his life and political beliefs
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