"I teach the sublime Dante to the young Misses"

Dante Alighieri, in the chapel of the Bargello palace in Florence
Public DomainDante Alighieri, in the chapel of the Bargello palace in Florence - Credit: Giotto di Bondone, 14th century
Durante degli Alighieri, known as Dante (1265–1321), was a renowned Italian poet.  His Divine Comedy, originally called Commedia, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language.  Dante is described as the "Father of the Italian language".