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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While we were racing over the dead pond, 31 before me rose a spirit full of slime
— "And who are you, who come before your hour?" And I to him: "I've come, but
not to stay. 34 But who are you, made ugly by such filth?" "Look for yourself!
But by that power through which I move my steps 91 along so wild a trail of
savagery, give us one of your troop to keep beside us, To show us where to wade
across the stream, 94 and carry this one here upon his croup — he is no spirit ...
297, L. 20. a spirit of my own blood: Dante accepts the rules regarding family
honor. It is a defect in love and courage if one fails to exact a just payment for an
outrage committed against a kinsman. (The Old Testament sanctioned and ...
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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
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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