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- Full Title: Purgatorio
- When Written: Entire Divine Comedy written c. 1308–1320; Purgatorio likely written by 1319
- Where Written: Italy
- Literary Period: Medieval
- Genre: Narrative Epic Poem; Christian Allegorical Fiction
- Setting: Purgatory (envisioned as a mountain in the Southern Hemisphere), Easter Sunday through Wednesday, 1300
- Climax: Dante sees Beatrice in the Earthly Paradise.
- Antagonist: Human Sin
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Purgatorio
Tuscan Triumph. The Divine Comedy was written in a Florentine dialect of Tuscan language. Thanks to the cultural influence of the poem, Tuscan, in turn, became the basis of standard Italian as it is spoken today.
Poetic Pioneer. In The Divine Comedy, Dante pioneered a poetic rhyme scheme called terza rima, which consists of three-line stanzas, each line with 11 syllables apiece. The three-line structure is probably meant to reflect the Holy Trinity.