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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0 And he replied: "That flame tortures Ulysses 55 and Diomedes, and as two they
meet God's vengeance, as they sinned and met His wrath. For they bemoan their
ambush in that flame, 58 their wooden horse in Troy, which was the gate ...
That is where the intellectual Ulysses failed. It may seem harsh that Dante, who
journeys to Hell of all places, will finally ascend to Paradise, while Ulysses must
remain in Hell, and all he wanted to do was sail to the Southern Hemisphere.
In the case of Ulysses, those gifts led him to an act of presumptuous audacity. In
the case of Guido da Montefeltro in the next canto, they led him to think he could
outwit the Almighty. Dante's own gifts were great, and he knew it (see Purg.
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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