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    where is this quote from?

    In E.M Forster's A Room with a View George says
    "My father says that there is only one perfect view--the view of the sky straight over our head"
    and cecil replied "I expect your father has been reading Dante"

    I've been leafing through some of Dante's work but I haven't been able to find any reference of it. Does anyone know where this is from?

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    I believe it is from canto four, but I'll find out for sure tomorrow. Which chapter of the novel is this from? Context may help.

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    It's a reference to the very end of Inferno, when Dante sees the stars
    I wrote a poem on a leaf and it blew away...

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    Oh that's right. The theme is picked up in pergatory when Dante is still so glad to see nature again. It would be fun to write a paper on sky imagery in Dante.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poetry Princess View Post
    Oh that's right. The theme is picked up in pergatory when Dante is still so glad to see nature again. It would be fun to write a paper on sky imagery in Dante.
    I wrote a paper once comparing Plato's allegory of the cave, Dante's sky imagery, and I think there was a third one.
    I wrote a poem on a leaf and it blew away...

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    That sounds wonderful. It might also be cool to write about allusions to Plato in the divine comedy.

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