“Nine times already since my birth the heaven of light had circled back to almost the same point, when there appeared before my eyes the now glorious lady of my mind, who was called Beatrice even by those who did not know what her name was.” Vita Nuova, Ch. 2
Dante uses these words to begin his journey through what he calls, the book of my memory. At the tender age of 9, he recalls his first twinklings of visions of the 8 yr old girl who will become the woman of his dreams. They will see each other only one more time and speak only the briefest of sentences before she dies at 27 yrs old.
His questing for her love, for union with his image of the divine feminine, will drive his entire life and his fine poetics. His exploration of this memory inspired him to write Vita Nuova sometime between 1292- 1300 AD. Later, in a most exquisite expression of his quest for re-union with his love, he writes the words that are familiar to many, “ When I had journey half of our life’s way, I found myself within a shadowed forest, for I had lost the path that does not stray.” Divina Commedia
In this talk , we explore the journey of Dante as Everyman, a man driven to the most extraordinary feats and journeys seeking the feeling of divine union with his anima, his Beatrice, his Blessing of the Good.