On this day, which many of us celebrate as being connected in some way to light and at very least to peace on earth and goodwill to all, let’s enjoy the little known fact that in the Divine Comedy

Dante ends each book with the word “stars”.

And so he does, this thrice-repeated, light-emitting word appears at the end of Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise.  Savour this stellar fact, starting with the closing but uplifting lines leading Dante out of Hell, then those taking him from Purgatory towards Paradise, and finally, there, where it all ends as it radiantly should.


Source: Clive James, Introduction, Dante, The Divine Comedy, trans. Clive James (New York: Liveright Publishing, 2013), p. xxiv


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