"Love, that on gentle heart doth swiftly seize"

(Canto 5, line 100) These three tercets, all beginning with the word "Love", are a famous example in the Comedy of the Dolce Stil Novo "Sweet New Style", exemplified by the works of Guido Guinizelli (1230-1276) and Dante, among others. The theme expressed here is typical of this style: Love as a source for noble sentiments and states of mind, as here love is explicitly connected to the "gentle heart".