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Today is May 7th 2003 Today Im on earth Tomorrow I may be in heaven Tomorrow I may be in hell But today I dont know for sure nor do I really care Many share my opinion What we do know though that if today is our last day on earth tomorrow will be an experience that none of us have experienced during life We can all paint pictures in our mind about the Pearly Gates as St Peter decides whether or not we have been good enough to get into heaven Those of us who have been sinful enough can even sit back and picture the fall to hell and the pain and misery that comes with it That idea was not far fetched for Dante Alighieri While society was focused on pleasing god and the church and getting into heaven Dante was drawing the ultimate picture of hell or rather the ultimate book of hell Born in Florence Italy in 1265 to Alighieri II Dante Alighieri was introduced to life as an impoverished nobleman being raised by his father as his mother died when he was an infant Dante was born around the time when the Imperial Power of Italy was broken by the victory of the church and Guelf Party defeating their opponents the Ghibellines The conflict however would return during Dantes life and also prove to be very significant When he was twelve years old Dantes father and the parents of Gemma Donati arranged for the two preteens to be married in the future Along with Gemmas hand in marriage the Alighieris would also be receiving a dowry which was most probably a sum of money seeing that the Donati family was wealthy Unfortunately Gemma would not be Dantes first love That title would belong to a young woman known as Beatrice For some reason at the age of nine Dante had fallen madly in love with Beatrice who was eight
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