| Quote #16
But then my mind was struck by light that flashed
Here, Dante achieves perfection because all his love ("desire and will") finally comes into complete accord with God's will. Of course this final achievement is represented in a flash of light that blinds Dante, an outburst of love so intense that Dante cannot describe it in language. As readers, we cannot comprehend what Dante sees and he cannot write it, so he necessarily falls into silence at the moment of his perfection.