Why is Dante's poem called the Divine "Comedy"?

I got this question from Aardvark and gave a speculative answer

i’m not sure, but it may go back to the greek definitions of comedy and tragedy, which are different from ours today. for the greeks, a comedy is a drama with a happy ending and a tragedy is a drama with an unhappy ending. either can have laughs in the them. there’s more to it that i forget (tragedy involves a hero succumbing to hubris – that is, getting arrogant – and having a downfall, comedy probably had “plot rules” too), but the point is that those terms have changed. …. I think Shakespeare comedies may be the same thing: stories with happy endings and not necessarily the funny ones.

but what’s the real answer?

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One Response to “Why is Dante's poem called the Divine "Comedy"?”

  1. A.P. Crumlish Says:

    Your blog wouldn’t accept comments.

    A simple definition of comedy:

    A comedy is any work where a basically sympathetic character comes to a good end. Dante the character gets to see God. That is considered a good thing. Note to be confused with the other definition of comedy, which covers the ha ha type.

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