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which wakes the wish and melts the heart Of those who sail the seas, on the first day When they from their sweet friends are torn apart; Or fills with love the pilgrim on his way As the far bell of vesper makes him start, Seeming to weep the dying day's decay; Waking, Dante finds that he has been carried up to the gate of Purgatory proper.
This gate has three steps: polished white (reflecting the purity of the penitent's true self), black (the colour of mourning; cracked in the shape of a Christian cross), and red (symbolising the blood of Christ and the restoration of true life) (Canto IX).
The core of the classification is based on love: the first three terraces of Purgatory relate to perverted love directed towards actual harm of others, the fourth terrace relates to deficient love (i.e.
sloth or acedia), and the last three terraces relate to excessive or disordered love of good things.
Those not receiving last rites include Pia de' Tolomei of Siena, who was murdered by her husband, Nello della Pietra of the Maremma (Canto V): Also in this category is the troubadour Sordello who, like Virgil, is from Mantua.
When Sordello discovers the great poet's identity, he bows down to him in honour.
Allegorically, the Purgatorio represents the penitent Christian life.
In describing the climb Dante discusses the nature of sin, examples of vice and virtue, as well as moral issues in politics and in the Church.
The meeting with Belacqua is over by noon (Canto IV).Allegorically, the sun represents God, meaning that progress in the penitent Christian life can only be made through Divine Grace (Cantos VI to VII).It is sunset, so Dante and his companions stop for the night in the beautiful Valley of the Princes where they meet persons whose preoccupation with public and private duties hampered their spiritual progress, particularly deceased monarchs such as Rudolph, Ottokar, Philip the Bold, and Henry III (Cantos VII and VIII).The Late-Repentant includes (1) those too lazy or too preoccupied to repent (the Indolent), (2) those who repented at the last minute without formally receiving last rites, as a result of violent deaths, and (3) the Negligent Rulers.
These souls will be admitted to Purgatory thanks to their genuine repentance, but must wait outside for an amount of time equal to their lives on earth.Here from the dead let poetry rise up, O sacred Muses, since I am yours. At the shores of Purgatory, Dante and Virgil meet Cato, a pagan who has been placed by God as the general guardian of the approach to the mountain (his symbolic significance has been much debated).