Dante: A Very Short Introduction examines the main themes and issues that run through all of Dante’s work, ranging from autobiography, to understanding God, and the order of the universe. In doing so, it highlights what has made Dante a vital point of reference for modern writers and readers. It emphasizes the distinctive and dynamic interplay in Dante's writing between argument, ideas, and analysis on the one hand, and poetic imagination on the other. Dante was highly concerned with the political and intellectual issues of his time, demonstrated most powerfully in his masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. The key figures and episodes in the poem are discussed, bringing out the originality and power of Dante's writing.