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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On sins meriting eternal punishment Sin incurs a debt by disturbing an order. But
the effect remains so long as the cause remains. So as long as the disturbance of
the order remains the debt of punishment must needs remain also.
Such a good is eternal life, which consists in the enjoyment of God Himself. For
we should hope from Him for nothing less than Himself, since His goodness,
whereby He imparts good things to His creature, is no less than His Essence.
to us; if the anagogical [that is, having to do with eternal destiny], the departure of
the holy soul from the slavery of this corruption to the liberty of eternal glory." But
in this chilling moment Dante counsels against faintness of heart The petrifying ...
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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