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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praved of sinners, as Virgil explains (1 1.79-90), and is conceived as a medieval
citadel, with the sinners swallowed up in separate moats. Its turrets are the
minarets of mosques, those edifices sacred to medieval Christendom's fiercest
The usurers, vile and petty, must sit, yet they can use their hands to brush off the
flames. The sodomites walk and apparently receive some measure of relief from
doing so. In some ways the particulars of the punishments link these sinners to ...
In this pouch Dante meets sinners of tremendous intellect. 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.
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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