Despite Dante being filled with overwhelming joy by the thought of Beatrice, he never publicly expresses his love for her. The whole essence of Dante 's being was accounted for through Beatrice 's greetings to him. Although the definition of her greetings is undefined in his accounts, Dante 's mood is dependent on his interactions with Beatrice. Through the words in his sonnets, Dante masks his love of Beatrice by faking desire for other ladies. He misuses his words to mask his true love with kind words for screen ladies. Beatrice defines Dante 's being because as far as he is concerned she is the image of divinity and Christ on earth. Dante describes Beatrice as "the destroyer of all vices and queen of virtues." Although no words were ever exchanged between the two, Dante was miserable after Beatrice 's death. He wept and mourned her death for a year and yet there was never any substantial interaction of exchanged words to conceive what in this lady 's silence to Dante could have possibly sparked such an admiration for her. The depth that he is able to feel for this lady
Cited: Cervigni, Dino S. and Edward Vasta. Vita Nuova/ Dante Alighieri; Italian Text with Facing English Translation. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995.