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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.

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Canto 1
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.

  • You may need to talk with a partner to determine the definitions, or use a dictionary.


Locate 2 words in the introduction. The rest are in lines 5, 50, 66, 78, 85, 91, 109, 110, 124


  • Juxtaposition-Lined up near each other

  • Incontinence-No control

  • Arduous-Difficult to climb

  • Avarice-Desire

  • Shade-Ghost

  • Tremulous-Nervous

  • Sage-Wise person

  • Suffers-Allows

  • Lamentation-Regret

  • Bemoans-Grief

  • Peter’s Gate-Pearly gates outside heaven


Note

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.


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