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Dante replies that he comes this way only with the aid of powers Guido has not sought. Not necessarily an easy read but it does cjardi to the language and reminds the reader that our vernacular has so much more color than the reductio ad absurdum we see being used today.

The economy of means with which Dante brings his several themes to assist one another is in the high tradition of dramatic poetry.

Dante will again be moved to pity as he descends the slopes of comedt The Inferno Hell. The Divine Comedy Knickerbocker Classics.

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Francesca came to Rimini and there an amour grew between her and Giovanni’s younger brother Paolo. Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso Everyman’s Library. A monstrous clap of thunder broke apart the swoon that stuffed my head; like one awakened by violent hands, I leaped up with a start. The Poets now enter the gate unopposed and find them- selves in the Sixth Circle.

The gate is guarded by an angel with a gleaming sword. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Cries of anguish sound endlessly from the entombed dead.

My 7 year old is totally engaged, while at the same time, my 15 year old and I are getting into some very interesting discussions Dante put Pope Celestine V with those souls who neither heaven nor hell want, because he resigned as Pope.

But every translation of the Divine Comedy I’ve come across has been so difficult that I couldn’t even get through Hell felt like hell trying to read it.

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Death could scarce be more bitter than that place! After the burning of Troy, Aeneas is di- rected by various signs to sail for the Latian lands Italy where his destiny awaits him. Cerberus was placed at the Gate of the Underworld to allow all to enter, but none to escape. Ciarfi a moder- ate White, he found it necessary during the two-month term to join in banishing his brother-in-law, Corso Donati, and his “first friend,” Guido Cavalcanti, as ringleaders respectively of the Blacks and Whites.


Observing Dante’s fear, Virgil hides his own. My Master, who well knew 40 the handmaids of the Queen of Woe, cried: Around these facts the legend has grown that Paolo was sent by Giovanni as his proxy to the marriage, that Francesca thought he was her real bridegroom and accordingly gave him her heart irrevo- cably at first sight. I have also leaned heavily on the good will and knowledge of a number of scholars. There is no question of comparative accuracy. Belts of greenest hydras wound and wound about their waists, cmoedy snakes and horned serpents grew from their heads like matted hair and bound their horrid brows.

Within the Sixth Circle are punished the Heretics. When I had journeyed half of our life’s way I found myself within a shadowed forest for I had lost the path that does not stray. As their sin was a darkness, so they move in darkness.

In order to achieve this he has abandoned any attempt to reproduce Dante’s complicated rhyme scheme and has even dviine to do some slight violence to conventional poetic usage. It is clear, too, that Dante means the spirits of Hell to be weight- less.

Jobn greet Virgil, and they make Dante a sixth in their company. When next they pass, call to them in the name of love that drives and damns them here.

I felt like orange flames and the stench of Sulphur were my companions as much as were Dante and Virgil. Yet, when there is no crux involved, you wonder what might be the advantage of a translation that achieves scholarly comprehensiveness at the cost of the tradition of comprehensive common sense that is also part of the poem’s background. The details Dante makes use of are from an Old French version.


A number of these inter- pretations are at odds with those set forth in some of the more familiar English versions of the Inferno, but, subject to my own error, this rendering is consistent at all points with Van- delli’s range of arguments.

These lines amount to a stylistic note. Then looking onward I made out a throng assembled on the beach of a wide river, whereupon I turned to him: And I, intent on all our passage touched, made out a swarm of spirits in that bog 1 1 savage with anger, naked, slime-besmutched.

One can only wonder jjohn the editorial wisdom that would elect to jettison a classic of the translator’s art for a middlebrow translation of the same poem.

I come to lead you to the other shore, into eternal dark, into fire and ice. You will not be disappointed. Note that Hu- man Reason makes a light of its own, but that it is a light in darkness and forever separated from the glory of God’s light. I comrdy them gather. It is symbolically fitting that the approaches to the city of Hell should be across the filthiest of marshes.

Its control was a prize worth fighting for, and the Florentines were nothing loth to fight, especially among themselves. This particular version of the book, by John Ciardi, provides excellent descriptive notes after each section, clarifying things mentioned in the story so the reader stays on track.

All you probably really need to know is that these three beasts—a she-wolf, a lion, a leopard—are figures traditionally or at least in the most respected and earliest accredited ancient sources said to represent three of the seven deadly sins. He took from us the shade of our first parent, 55 of Abel, his pure son, of ancient Noah, of Moses, the bringer of law, the obedient.