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Essay Galaxy - Dante Dante's Canto XXVIII

Dante begins Canto XXVIII with a rhetorical question. Virgil and he have just arrived in the Ninth Abyss of the Eighth Circle of hell. In this pouch the Sowers of Discord and Schism are continually wounded by a demon with a sword. Dante poses a question to the reader: “Who, even with untrammeled words and many attempts at telling, ever could recount in full the blood and wounds that I now saw?” (Lines 1-3) The rhetorical question draws the reader into the passage because we know by this point in the Divine Comedy that Dante is a great poet. What is it that Dante sees before him on the brink of the Ninth Abyss that is so ineffable that he, as a poet, feels he cannot handle? In the following lines, Dante expands on this rhetorical position. He elaborates on why it is important for any man to offer a good description of what he sees....

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