Writing Prompt Wednesday

On the first Wednesday of each month, I'll post an image or a written prompt for you to use as a writing warm-up. Use the photo or written prompt to inspire a poem, flash fiction, short story, or anything else you'd like to try. If you successfully submit your piece for publication, please let me know so I can take a peek at your creation.

Dante in Florence

When my husband and I visited the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, the final resting place of Michelangelo and Galileo, we were greeted by an imposing sculpture of Dante. Florence is a good place to become acquainted with Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) best known as the author of the epic poem, The Divine Comedy, and widely recognized as a major influence on western literature. Trained as an apothecary and deeply involved in Florentine politics that ultimately resulted in his exile from his beloved city, Dante is credited as the father of the Italian language. He broke from convention and wrote in the language of the people, the Tuscan dialect, rather than Latin. When Dante was just a boy,

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