Dante, Canto 1: Lost in the Dark Wood

“In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself in a dark wood where the straight way was lost.” So begins Dante’s journey through the afterlife. 

As we see from the above quote, Dante begins by waking. Midway through his life, he came out of a state ‘drugged and loose with sleep’ to a realization he had no idea where he was. Of course, there is more here than a guy lost in the woods. Dante is both physically and spiritually lost. He is having what today would be described as an


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