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To achieve true immortality in heaven one must find a balance between using ones God-given talents and leading a virtuous life Through the first twenty five Cantos Dante is determined to focus only on his poetry and become the greatest poet of his time However he gains an insight through his conscience that one must moderate talent by virtue In other words he must also live a morally good life along with writing poetry to get to heaven There are a few small examples of Dantes hubris that sparks the tainted idea that talent is all that matters in life His first invocation II 7-9 calls not only the Muses but also his lofty genius and memory so that its nobility be shown He wants to instill in his readers the fact that they are about to read the greatest poetry This shows the level of Dantes pride in the story he hasnt even told yet He adds to this pride when he is inducted into the circle of the great poets in Limbo IV 97-102 Conversing with the great poets gives Dante the impression that he automatically rises and meets the reputations of the five other poets Since pride is one of the seven deadly sins we can see that Dantes moral journey isnt off to a good start With this in mind Dantes discourse with Brunetto Latini in Canto XV seems even more detrimental However his conscience catches him at the end of the Canto Dante is encouraged to keep creating poetry for he is destined to be a great poet as Brunetto tells him XV 55-57 Here Brunetto prophesies that Dante will surpass Lucan and Ovid which turns out to be true since sinners can see into the future Brunetto also encourages Dante to keep writing in order to achieve immortality through art and a second life on earth as he describes it Although Dante is deeply enticed by his mentors
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