In the second term of our Development of Poetry class, our teacher had assigned for us to conduct a close reading exercise and write a detailed analysis of the poem “Torture” by renowned Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska, which reads as follows: Nothing has changed. The body is painful, it must eat, breathe air, and sleep, […]

In the first five cantos of Dante Alighieri’s Commedia, we are presented with several different interwoven demonstrations of love, all of which can only be understood after comprehending the underlying structures that surround concepts such as punishment, hope, mercy, compassion and pity. For in Dante’s world, every single manifestation of love, whether it be divine, […]