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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121 Why let such cowardice come take your heart? Why are you not afire and
bold and free, Seeing that three such ladies blessed in Heaven 1 24 care for your
healing from their court above, and what I tell you holds forth so much good?
3, L. 20. the waters of my heart: literally, "the lake of my heart," that chamber in the
heart that was thought to house the blood for our strongest emotions. p. 5, l. 3O./
rm«r/&0£• allegorically, the left foot (of the will), the one more beholden to the ...
... to mankind: Beasts can use violence, but only man can deceive, perverting his
most divine faculty. Cicero agreed, saying that fraud merited greater loathing (On
Duties 1.13). p. 1 1 1 , l. 47. denying it in one's heart: "The fool says in his heart, ...
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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