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Dante's 700th Anniversary

April is the National Poetry Month. Here are 30 ways to Celebrate the 25th Annual National Poetry Month.

This year we also celebrate the 700 years since the death of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), ranked among the top ten greatest poets of all time. Here are some highlights of the events, exhibits, and digital resources dedicated to the poet who "had the ambition to show humanity how to obtain salvation":




  • Virtual 3D Tour of Dante's House-Museum in Florence
  • The Divine Comedy - its date of composition, structure, description and meaning
  • The Uffizi Gallery display - 88 rarely seen drawings of the Divine Comedy by the 16th century artist Federico Zuccari
  • The World of Dante - a multimedia research tool with Italian/English text of the Divine Comedy, interactive maps, a gallery of artists who have illustrated Dante's work, searchable database, music, a timeline, teacher resources
  • Illustrations of the Divine Comedy - artists who were inspired by Dante's rich visual imagination
  • Digital Dante - a research tool of Columbia University, containing the poem's text with commentaries, images, 3D animations, sound, history, and more.
  • The Dante Society of America -> Prizes and Awards - "Each year the Dante Society of America awards prizes to recognize excellence among undergraduate and graduate students and secondary school teachers in North America in promoting a greater understanding of Dante’s life, time, and works." The deadline for submissions is June 30th.
  • National Central Library of Florence - initiatives for the Dante year