FOOLS LIKE FOOLS; SCHOLARS LIKE SCHOLARS (Post 5627)

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Date: 5 November 2018

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Post No. 5627

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‘Similia Similibus Curantur’ ( ‘like cures like’-Homeopathy Principle)

When Dante was at the court of Signor Della Scala , then sovereign of Verona, that prince said to him one day.
“I wonder Signor Dante ,that a man so learned as you should be hated by all my court, and this fool should be so beloved.”

Highly piqued Dante replied,
“Your Excellency would wonder less if you considered that we like those best who most resemble ourselves.”

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Dante profile

Italian Poet

Born June 1265
Died September 1321
Age at death 56

Publications

1292-94 The New Life
1309-1321 The Divine Comedy

Dante is one of the most important writers in the history of the world literature. He is Italy’s most celebrated poet, and his master piece The Divine Comedy is the greatest Italian poem

Dante Alighieri was born in the Italian city of Florence. At the age of 12 he was promised to his future wife, although he had already fallen in love with another girl whom he called Beatrice. Although they would never be together, Dante s love for Beatrice was to inspire his greatest poetry.

As a young man Dante fought in the wars that there were always going on between rival cities and became involved in the struggle for political power in Florence . Beatrice married another man, and then, when she was just 24, she died. Dante was heartbroken. He withdrew into intense study and began composing poems dedicated to her memory. In 1295 Dante s political enemies won power in Florence, and he had to leave the city for ever.

Now a political exile Dante wandered from city to city. He began to write The Divine Comedy, a long story poem that describes an imaginary journey made by Dante through the three worlds of the afterlife— Hell, purgatory and heaven. His guide for most of the journey is the ancient roman poet Virgil, but in the heaven he is reunited with the long dead Beatrice.

As well as providing a fascinating insight into the beliefs of people living in medieval Europe. The Divine Comedy has inspired generations of writers and other artists with its beautiful language and moving love story.

Xxx. Subham. Xxxx