Inferno Canto II

Inferno canto II

‘”I who bid you go am Beatrice.
I come from where I most desire to return.
The love that moved me makes me speak.

vv. 70-72

Dante, doubtful of his own powers, is discouraged at the outset. – Virgil cheers him by telling him that he has been sent to his aid by a blessed Spirit from Heaven. – Dante casts off fear, and the poets proceed.

Monastero domenicano Santo Stefano degli Ulivi

The Canto opens with an invocation of the Muses, genius and memory. Dante is afraid and doubtful: he fears he is not up to the task, previously performed by Aeneas, ancestor of the Roman Empire, and St. Paul, witness to Christianity. Dante claims that he’s not nearly as great as these figures and wonders why he has been chosen for this mission. Virgil scolds Dante for being afraid. He tells him that three blessed ladies asked him to come to his assistance in the dark wood: the Virgin Mary, St. Lucia and Beatrice, thus encouraging him to continue the journey. Dante is comforted and, thinking of Beatrice, he thanks and reassures Virgil, whom he’s by now accepted as his guide. The journey begins.

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