By Alexandre Dumas père
Within the Musketeers' ultimate experience, D'Artagnan continues to be within the carrier of the corrupt King Louis XIV after the 3 Musketeers have retired and long gone their separate methods. in the meantime, a mysterious prisoner in an iron masks wastes away deep contained in the Bastille. while the destinies of king and prisoner converge, the 3 Musketeers and D'Artagnan locate themselves stuck among conflicting loyalties.
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Hendecasyllabic verse, following Dante舗s noble example, became the elevated poetic line of choice in Italian literature, just as the peerless example of Shakespeare舗s blank verse of iambic pentameter has privileged that poetic form in English. In general, the most successful English translations of Dante, such as Longfellow舖s, have always been in blank verse, not in rhymed verse. Italian poetry is not scanned by feet but by counting the number of syllables in a line. Since most Italian words are accented on the penultimate syllable, hendecasyllabic verse generally contains eleven syllables with the tenth accented.
Dante travels as part of a mission to the city of San Gimignano to rally Tuscan cities against the territorial ambitions of Pope Boniface VIII. 1301 Dante goes to Rome to ask Pope Boniface VIII to help prevent the French Charles of Valois, a papist sympathizer, from entering Florence. Charles takes the city in November, and the Blacks harshly regain power. 1302 On January 27 Dante is accused of corruption and bribery, fined, and sentenced to two years in exile. When he does not reply to the charges, his home and possessions are confiscated, and on March 10 his sentence is increased; he is now banished for life and condemned to be burned alive if he ever returns to the city.
Membership in a guild gives him a say in the Florentine government. Dante舗s friend and mentor Brunetto Latini dies. 1300 Dante, a persuasive and eloquent speaker, is appointed to Florence舗s highest office as one of the city priors. He holds this office from June 15 to August 15. Florence is once again divided into warring factions, the White and the Black Guelphs. Dante舗s sympathies lie with the Whites, who favor independence from papal authority; in what he considers to be the best interests of Florence, he must concur with the priors when they send Guido Cavalcanti, a Black and his longtime friend, into exile on the Tuscan coast, where he dies of malaria.