Of the great poets, Dante is one of the most elusive and therefore one of the most difficult to adequately render into English verse. In the INFERNO, Dante not only judges sin but strives to understand it so that the reader can as well. With this major new translation, Anthony Esolen has succeeded brilliantly in marrying sense with sound, poetry with meaning, capturing both the poem's line-by-line vigor and its allegorically and philosophically exacting structure, yielding an INFERNO that will be as popular with general readers as with teachers and students. For, as Dante insists, without a trace of sentimentality or intellectual compromise, even Hell is a work of divine art. Esolen also provides a critical Introduction and endnotes, plus appendices containing Dante's most important sources - from Virgil to Saint Thomas Aquinas and other Catholic theologians - that deftly illuminate the religious universe the poet inhabited.
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At that my guide spoke out so loud and strong, I had not heard him speak so loud
before: "Your pride has not cooled off, O Capaneus, And in that you are punished
all the more! No other torture than your own mad rage would bring your fury its ...
The simile is one of the most stupendous in the poem, as the quiet, cool snowfall
sets the terrible rain of fire in stark relief; yet that fire falls as inexorably and
invariably as the snow. p. 141, l. 46. that huge one: Capaneus — and his
In mythology, Capaneus was one of the seven kings who besieged Thebes in its
civil war after the death of King Oedipus. In Statius' Tbebaid, Capaneus boasts
that his god is his own manhood and the sword he draws (3.615-16).
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Review: Inferno (La Divina Commedia #1)Procura do Utilizador - Jenny Clark - Goodreads
A rather winding and twisted narative but rather darkly funny Ler crítica na íntegra
Review: Inferno (La Divina Commedia #1)Procura do Utilizador - Andrew - Goodreads
A must read epic poem of Christian (especially Catholic) theology. Do not read it without notations or you will miss quite a bit. Ler crítica na íntegra