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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The beaver dips his tail into the brook 22 to seize his prey,° this worst of beasts
stood here on the stone rim, the cutoff of the sand. Out into empty space he
nicked his tail, 25 coiling the venomous fork to keep it high, which armed his
bone point ...
32. leopard: the first of the three beasts to block Dante's ascent. The beasts are
part of Jeremiah's condemnation of unjust and hardhearted Jerusalem: "A lion
out of the wood hath slain them, a wolf in the evening hath spoiled them, a
P. 171, L. 1. the beast Geryon, monstrous guard over the circle of fraud (see Aen.
6.289). In mythology he was a giant with three bodies (that is, three heads, six
arms, six legs), who ruled as a king in Spain. It was one of Hercules' labors to
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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