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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Finally, the polysyllables of Italian will sometimes leave the English translator
with a bit of breathing room, since English is rich in monosyllabic words. I try to
use such space to bring out submerged or etymological metaphors, or to cover
Shuddering din of strange and various tongues, sorrowful words and accents
pitched with rage, shrill and harsh voices, blows of hands with these Raised up a
tumult ever swirling round in that dark air untinted by a dawn, as sand-grains ...
The trouble with Guido da Montefel- tro in this canto is not, finally, that he was a
bad reasoner, but that he was a bad man, whose habits of equivocation caused
him to confuse words with things. Of course he was aware of the law of ...
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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