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Subjects treated in the chapters of the Vita Nuova

VITA NUOVA - Chap.I - Following Aristotelian rules, Dante precedes his narration with a Proem, which gives the title of his work; it begins with his earliest memories.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.II -Dante remembers the first time he met Beatrice, when she was just nine and he was nearing ten. His love for her began at that moment, and he longed to find her again.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.III - Sonnet "A ciascun'alma presa" - Dante recalls Beatrice's first greeting. The emotion led to a dream which he wrote about in a sonnet; Guido Cavalcanti replied and so their friendship began.
VITA NUOVA - Cap.IV - From the day Beatrice first greeted him and his dream, Dante was so in love with her that all those who knew him were amazed at his behaviour.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.V - Dante recalls an episode that helped him hide his love for Beatrice: whilst he was admiring her among several women, one thought he was looking at her, leading to a useful misunderstanding.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.VI - During that time, whilst he was concealing his love, Dante wrote a poetic letter in Provenšal; in it he lists the names of the most beautiful women in Florence.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.VII - Sonnet "O voi che per la via" - The lady whom Dante pretended to love left Florence; to express his disappointment Dante wrote the sonnet (double) given below.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.VIII - Sonnet "Piangete, amanti" and the double sonnet "Morte villana" - Dante remembers the death of a friend of Beatrice's and wrote the two sonnets given below.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.IX - Sonnet "Cavalcando" - Dante recalls a journey he made to the place where the lady he used as a "shield" lived; he wrote the following sonnet in memory of this event.
VITA NUOVA - Chap. X - After the journey Dante wrote about in the previous chapter, and because of a lot of gossip, Beatrice refuses to speak to him, which throws him into despair.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XI - Dante tells how much joy the kindly greeting from the woman he loves gives him.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XII - Ballad "Ballata i' voi" - Dante recalls the moments of despair after losing Beatrice's greeting; his suffering and regret inspired the ballad below.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XIII - Sonnet "Tutti li miei penser" - Dante reflects on his state of dejection; conflicting thoughts assail him and disorient him. These memories inspired the following sonnet.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XIV - Sonnet "Con altre donne" - Dante painfully remembers a later meeting with Beatrice, at a wedding; the women with Beatrice found his embarrassment an object of derision.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XV - Sonnet "Ci˛ che m'incontra" - After the episode described in the previous chapter, Dante thinks about what happened. His sorrowful thoughts inspired the sonnet below.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XVI - Sonnett "Spesse fiate" - Dante again stops on the paralising effects that the sight of Beatrice has on him.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XVII - Once the period of despair is over, described in the three previous sonnets, Dante turns to new thoughts.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XVIII - Dante recalls a meeting wtih some of Beatrice's friends; in reply to a question from one of them, he says that having lost greetings of the one he loves, his happiness is praising her.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XIX - Song "Donne che avete" - After a few days of hesitation, during a journey Dante decides to start writing again, not only for Beatrice but for all women who know love.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XX - Sonnet "Amore e 'l cor gentil" - After the Song "Donne che avete", at the request of a friend, Dante wrote this sonnet on the nature of love.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXI - Sonnet "Ne li occhi porta" - Following the sonnet on the nature of love, Dante feels the need to write another to explain how Beatrice was able to inspire that sort of love.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXII - Sonnet "Voi che portate la sembianza umile" and "Se' tu colui c'hai trattato sovente" - On the death of Beatrice's father, Dante cries for her and pretends to speak to the women with her.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXIII - Song "Donna pietosa e di novella etate" - Dante tells how, during an illness, he experienced sad reveries with presentiments of his own and Beatrice's death, inspiring the song below.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXIV - Sonnet "Io mi senti' svegliar" - This tells about an imaginary love during that period; Giovanna, the women Guido Cavalcanti loved, and Beatrice are protagonists, described in this sonnet.
VITA NUOVA - Cap.XXV - Dante treats the rhetorical style he uses to personify the concept of Love, giving several examples of Latin poets who used it (Virgil, Lucan, Horace, Ovid).
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXVI - Sonnets "Tanto gentile" and "Vede - perfettamente onne salute". In praise of Beatrice, again Dante tells of the wonder she inspires and the nobility she confers to all that surrounds her.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXVII - Song "Sý lungiamente". The previous two sonnets described the effect Beatrice had on others; here Dante tells how her virtues affect him; he begins a song, the first stanza follows.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXVIII - After the song's 1st stanza, Beatrice left the earthly world. Dante decides not to speak of her death; he only says how the number nine also marked this event and why.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXIX - Beatrice left the world on the ninth day of June (the ninth Arabian month). Dante explains how the number that marked Beatrice's destiny is linked to holiness and perfection.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXX - After the death of Beatrice, Dante finds Florence stripped of its dignity. He cites the "incipit" of the lament of Jeremiah, as a sign of the subjects he will treat next.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXXI - Song "Li occhi dolenti per pietÓ del core" - Dante, heart-broken, after crying so much wrote this song to pour out his sorrow.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXXII - Sonnet "Venite a intender li sospiri miei" - Beatrice's brother, a friend of Dante, asks him to write in memory of someone dead, pretending it is not his sister. Dante wrote the following sonnet.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXXIII - Song "Quantunque volte" - Dante, as well as the previous sonnet, also wrote a two-stanza song for Beatrice's brother; the first is the lament of his friend, the second that of Dante.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXXIV - Sonnet "Era venuta" (with two beginnings") - On the anniversary of Beatrice's death, whilst Dante draws some angels in her memory, Dante greets some friends, dedicating the sonnet to them.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXXV - Sonnet "Videro li occhi miei" - Dis- heartened and pensive, one day Dante notices a beautiful young woman looking at him in pity from a window. This sonnet is about her.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXXVI - Sonnet "Color d'Amore" - Dante often met the eyes of the lady to whom he dedicated the previous sonnet; her glance full of love inspired this other sonnet.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXXVII - Sonnet "L'amaro lagrimar". The pleasure Dante found in looking at the young women made him feel painfully guilty, which he expresses in the following sonnet.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXXVIII - Sonnet "Gentil pensero" - Torn between a sense of guilt and the thoughts that Love could be giving him some consolation, Dante wrote the following sonnet.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XXXIX - Sonnet "Lasso! per forza di molti sospiri" - On the ninth hour of the following day, Dante had a vision of the first time he met Beatrice; he sincerely regrets his weakness.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XL - "Deh peregrini che pensosi andate". Dante recalls how during Holy Week, when the Holy Shroud was displayed, he wanted to speak about Beatrice to some of the pilgrims there.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XLI - Sonnet "Oltre la spera" - Two women ask Dante if he will give them the previous sonnet; this he does together with another sonnet especially written for the occasion.
VITA NUOVA - Chap.XLII - After writing the last sonnet, Dante had a vision that convinced him not to write about Beatrice again, at least not until he was able to write in a manner more worthy of her.

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