Canto 1. Highlight each vocabulary word in Canto 1. You may be familiar with some of the words already. As we read Canto 1 and we encounter these words, try to make inferences in order to guess at what the words might mean.
Locate 2 words in the introduction. The rest are in lines 5, 50, 66, 78, 85, 91, 109, 110, 124
The Bible describes a human lifespan as being “threescore and ten years,” or seventy years. Dante would have considered man’s lifespan to be seventy years; thus, “midway on our life’s journey” would make Dante thirty-five, locating the events in the year 1300.