Reflections on the Title of the Divine Comedy

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How did Dante’s great poem come to be known as “La Divina Commedia” or, quite simply, “La Commedia”? If Dante himself called it a “commedia”, why did he do so? And how can it be both a “Comedy” and a “Sacred Poem”, Dante’s other name for it?  What is the poem about that could justify such apparently diverse titles? Is the Dante in the poem the same Dante Alighieri from Florence who died 700 years ago?

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