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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Take the body and its functions. Modern translators are fond of blunting the words
of Christ (whose parables and metaphors are fetched from all areas of life — a
woman cleaning her house to look for a coin, a mustard seed, a shifty bailiff ...
this body Christ is the head, and God is the head of Christ. In it there is one Lord,
one faith, one baptism. For in the time of the Flood there was the single ark of
Noah, which prefigures the one Church, and it was finished according to the ...
They slash at a natural organism; they divide a real, not notional, not
metaphorical, body. Hence their indecorous punishment, the slashing of their
own bodies, laying bare what in a well-ordered body remains hidden and
protected: a windpipe ...
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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