There are two Dante's in Divine Comedy commentary, Dante pilgrim and Dante
poet. Dante pilgrim is the one who has the "vision" and makes the trip.
Dante poet is the one who tells the tale of Dante pilgrim
There are 2 prior mentions in the notes to Guido Cavalcanti and his father,
Cavalcante dei Cavalcanti. These are the notes to lines 53 and 60. I'll
send the notes for lines 53 and 63 in full and paraphrase the one for line
60. The note for line 60 is primarily biographical for Guido and has little
The Cavalcanti that Dante sees in "Inferno" is Guido Cavalcanti's father
Cavalcante dei Cavalcanti. The "vision" that Dante (pilgrim) has is in the
year 1300 at Easter. Guido Cavalcanti dies in late 1300. Dante poet is
aware of Guido's death but Dante pilgrim is not.
line 53 "Cavalcante Cavalcante is mentioned in the Decameron, sixth day,
line 60 --this is the biographical note about Guido Cavalcanti and mentions
that he and Dante were close friends, that they were the chief
representatives of the Florentine school of lyrical poetry and mentions
Cavalcanti's political beliefs and political problems. It also
line 63--"Why Guido should disdain Virgil has been a sore puzzle to the
commentators. Some hold that Guido, as a student of philosophy, despised a
mere poet; others, that, as an ardent Guelf he could not admire Virgil--the
representative of the Imperial Roman idea; others, quoting *Vita Nuova*
xxxi. 21-24, maintain that he advocated vulgar poetry as opposed to Latin;
others, finally, lay stress on his Epicurean principles, as contrasted with
Virgil, who represents Reason *illuminated by Divine Grace* (Beatrice having
sent him to Dante's aid)."