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Dante Alighieri Society of Washington

(The Day of Dante)

The Società Dante Alighieri in Rome has declared today, March 25, as  Dantedì, a day to celebrate internationally our namesake, the great Italian poet, Dante Alighieri.

Following the health emergencies that requires everyone to stay at home, the Dante Alighieri Society in Rome has promoted having its members create a flashmob.  Everyone is  invited to read out on their balcony or out their front door these lines from the fifth Canto of the Inferno of the Divine Comedy.

Amor, ch'al cor gentil ratto s'apprende,
prese costui de la bella persona
che mi fu tolta; e 'l modo ancor m'offende.

Amor, ch’a nullo amato amar perdona,
mi prese del costui piacer sì forte,
che, come vedi, ancor non m’abbandona.

[Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia, Inf., V canto]

These are some of the most popular lines of the Divine Comedy  and describe the love of Paolo and Francesca.  Love for Dante is a sentiment that helps us overcome every evil, even the one represented today by Covid-19. 

For this reason on March, Wednesday 25 at 6:00 pm, lovers of Italian culture throughout the world are invited to read this dramatic passage by the Florentine poet.  You can also if you like record yourself doing so and send the video with #stoacasacondante to the Dante office in Rome.

 In Seattle 6:00 pm Italian time is 10:00 a.m. in the morning.  So immediately after your second cup of coffee would be a good time to read and record Dante's verses together with other Italophiles all over the world.

 A presto e grazie,

Dan De Matteis
Dante Alighieri Socity of Washington
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