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The poem begins on the night before Good Friday in the year , "halfway along our life's path" Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita. Virgil says, ''Now you must cast aside your laziness … for he who rests on down or under covers cannot come to fame; and he who spends his life without renown leaves such a vestige of himself on earth as smoke bequeaths to air or foam to water. In world literature it is ranked as an epic poem of the highest order. Conscious that he is ruining himself and that he is falling into a "low place" basso loco where the sun is silent ' l sol tace , Dante is at last rescued by Virgil, and the two of them begin their journey to the underworld.
Open Document. New York: Viking, Dante is accompanied by his guide Virgil, who takes him on a journey to examine sin and the effects it has in has in the afterlife to different sinners. Anthony M.