Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in Florence and died in 1321. He was a famous Italian writer known for his work The Divine Comedy.
His parents were Bella and Alighieri di Bellinciona, one of the oldest nobles. Unfortunately, a few years after she gave birth to Dante, his mother Bella died, so his father re-married.
Dante was the most significant Italian national poet who also left his mark on politics at that time. After his opponent politic's parties won, he decided to live in exile until his death. Although he was the poet above all he was also a philosopher and the creator of the Italian language. He wrote lots of works in which he expressed his views about the Italian literary language.
His first work "La vita Nuova" was popular due to his writings about the beauty of Beatrice. This was the first time he wrote prose with a ballad incorporated. Based on the idealized image of love the character Beatrice became a symbol.
Dante started writing The Divine Comedy in 1307 and soon, the work became the biggest literary triumph in history and the biggest literary achievement of medieval literature. Dante brought many characters to life from his contemporaries to mythical creatures.