From my notebooks: What Dante Means to Me

from the essay by T.S. Eliot, taken from a talk given at the Italian Institute, London, 1950

"…I still, after forty years, regard his [Dante's] poetry as the most persistent and deepest influence upon my own verse…"

"To pass on to posterity one's own language, more highly developed, more refined, and more precise than it was before one wrote it, that is the highest possible achievement of the poet as poet."

“One test of the great masters, of whom Shakespeare is one, is that the appreciation of their poetry is a lifetime’s task, because at every stage of maturing–and that should be one’s whole life–you are able to understand them better.”

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