La Vita Nuova ("The New Life") is a literary piece written in a prosimetrum style, alternating between prose and poetry, by Dante in 1295. It is the story of the life-changing love of Dante for a young woman named Beatrice Portinari, a character who also figured prominently in his Divine Comedy.
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The quotation that The Doctor reads at the end of "Latent Image" is paraphrased from Dante's La Vita Nuova. The Doctor reads:
"In that book which is my memory,
On the first page of the chapter that is the day when I first met you,
Appear the words, 'Here begins a new life'."
The original Italian is more literally translated by D.G. Rossetti in 1861:
"In that part of the book of my memory,
Before which is little that can be read,
There is a rubric, saying, 'Incipit Vita Nova'. (Here beginneth the new life.)"