There is so much more to share when it comes to Dante Alighieri other than La Divina Commedia. This is the poem Love and the gentle heart, written (of course) by Alighieri.
About the poem
It takes deep soul searching and listening carefully to your heart, to write such a divine love poem as Dante Alighieri did.
Put aside the man-woman reference and one has a love poem, that is eternal. Nowadays, the strict usage of man-woman reference is something that is related to the time Alighieri lived. Still, it leaves us with a poem that is about eternal love. Love that can conquer anything. It grows, it thrives and comes from a gentle heart.
Love and the gentle heartLove and the gentle heart are one thing,
just as the poet says in his verse,
each from the other one as well divorced
as reason from the mind’s reasoning.Nature craves love, and then creates love king,
and makes the heart a palace where he’ll stay,
perhaps a shorter or a longer day,
breathing quietly, gently slumbering.Then beauty in a virtuous woman’s face
makes the eyes yearn, and strikes the heart,
so that the eyes’ desire’s reborn again,
and often, rooting there with longing, stays,Till love, at last, out of its dreaming starts.
Woman’s moved likewise by a virtuous man.— Dante Alighieri