The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention dante translation notes hell classic edition ciardi italian literature text english translations canto poetry poem purgatory kindle heaven illustrations john. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Divine Comedy, especially in its earlier versions is one of the most remarkable books written by man.

This translation of it is perhaps the best in English. I first read this work three decades ago, and reading it now is as refreshing as ever. Influenced by his exile in a rift between the papacy and the Holy Roman Emperor at the time, which saw him favoring the pope, Dante's "The Divine Comedy" not only provides an insight into the church and the state that has haunted humanity for two millennia, it takes us through our spiritual voyage through life and even our anticipated embrace of the afterlife as reflected in the three canticasInferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

Not only is the allegory rich, reflective and mind-stirring, it explains our human perceptions in so many ways. The deep political and social implications of the work is not lost. This all-encompassing nature of the work is not common around. Would be looking for more of it. The cover is red linen hardcover embellished with gold titles and a large black "engraved" Dore drawing. The book is oversized and comes in a superb box "book sleeve" for protection and display.

There are other translations that I prefer to this one by Longfellow i. However, this is one I will keep on my shelf for its beauty as an example of the book art alone. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.


Excellent translation with superb commentary. Someone, bring me my medal I am not a theologian, philosopher, medieval historian, Dante expert, nor astrologist. I am, however, a reader who wants to read "all of teh books" and I appreciate vivid imagery and interesting human interactions in fiction.

I tackled the recent Clive James version of Dante's Divine Comedy--no footnotes or canto introductions here--because I just wanted to let the story wash over I finished it! I tackled the recent Clive James version of Dante's Divine Comedy--no footnotes or canto introductions here--because I just wanted to let the story wash over me, to see how much I could "get" on my own without knowing why Dante's father's baker's frenemy's ex-lover's dog-handler was sitting upside-down in the burning pitch in Hell. And when it comes to vivid imagery, the Inferno delivers. Surprisingly to me , the Purgatorio was also fairly easy to follow, as Dante and Virgil continue up a ceaseless barren slope past the singing, self-flagellating sinners who do their time for various sins and, each time an angel wipes an ash-mark from their foreheads, become one level closer to heaven.

From reading the inferno in high school I had recalled Dante as a sniveling, swooning sissy--but on this re-read found myself very much liking his sensitivity and sense of empathy, especially to many of the sinners in hell well, as long as they are classical figures. If he knows them, he's more likely to go stomp on their heads.

Guide Virgil has to chastise him numerous times to keep him from getting understandably emotionally mired in the horrors he witnesses. My favorite parts, besides perhaps the insult-throwing trident-wielding demons, were the back-and-forths between Dante and Virgil. Sadly, though, Virgil is barred from entering heaven, and in the third book Paradiso we are stuck with the so-nauseatingly-lovely-and-perfect-that-you-just-want-to-smack-her Beatrice. Regardless of this new guide, I found Dante's heaven as impenetrable as listening to someone describe an acid-trip.

It struck me as a sort of renaissance-era Yellow Submarine complete with its own Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds though the incessant choral music wasn't quite as catchy. If I notice a problem, I will fix it! Should be working now, anyway. View all 7 comments. Feb 26, James Capp rated it it was amazing. I first read this poem four years ago as part of a dare. The next summer, I wanted to read it again on account of the graphic imagery of Inferno and Purgatorio.

Everyone should at the very least skim Inferno. Particularly in Inferno, the political references are funny and provocative, and the historical significance of I first read this poem four years ago as part of a dare. Particularly in Inferno, the political references are funny and provocative, and the historical significance of this epic poem is right up there with the Bible and Paradise Lost for me. Paradiso is far more abstract and sappy than the other books. But yeah, this is my favorite book. It makes me want to visit Italy.

It makes me want to write something worth reading! Nov 11, Steven Walle rated it it was amazing. This is one of the best epic poems ever! I highly recommend everyone reads this, Homer's works, and Virgil's works.

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But when you think further, well, hell has inverted values, so after you come past him at the center of gravity, and into a vast crater—he left a giant crater when he was thrown out of heaven. Or, in the common phrase of which this scene may be the origin, one must take a Leap of Faith. The Mountain is on an island, the only land in the Southern Hemisphere , created by the displacement of rock which resulted when Satan's fall created Hell [22] which Dante portrays as existing underneath Jerusalem [23]. Henle Latin First Year. Indeed, a secluded Apocalyptical attests that politics forms a triptych in Commedia. And what is to me extraordinary about the immediate reception of Commedia , is that it was treated like Scripture. I do wonder what he would have thought if he had been able to learn that many leading religious figures, even in the early 21st century, reject a large part of science as being somehow unreligious.

This was a great translation and a wonder forward and glossery. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Through me you pass into eternal pain: Through me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric moved: To rear me was the task of power divine, Supremest wisdom, and primeval love. Before me things create were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I shall endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here. One of the greatest epic poems to have been written, ever. The book is divided into three books, Inferno, meaning hell; Purgatorio, meaning purgatory; and Paradiso, meaning heaven.

My favourite has always been Inferno, but Paradiso is highly underrated, as underrated as this brilliant work can possibly be. This poem mixes religion and science, everything from the most basic Christian Dogma to early Islamic astronomy, with a lot of his political views mixed in. At the time this work was being written, Dante was living in exile, he uses this work as a way to show his enemies and what he thought not only of figures of his time, but of historical figures in general, including Plato, Aesop, Alejandro Magno, Mary as well as legendary people, such as Abel, Diana, and Isaac.

If one does not wish to read this simply because it is a long poem, read it for the historical view, so many interesting characters for history buffs. My favourite thing perhaps, was how he used his work to slam the people that harmed him, including Pope Boniface VIII, the man who exiled him. I have a horrible sense of humour. Basically, read this poem, there is: View all 11 comments. View all 10 comments. I am back reading another version of The Divine Comedy. This translation by Australian poet Clive James is the most lyrical that I have read.

It is as if I was reading it for the first time and with all that joy of discovery. This review is based on the first book of this trilogy. But what blocks The flow is just that: I thought All heat down here was quenched. So they will cease…" Which one did you play?

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Er… well, let me explain. I wanted a space with my new website design to talk about video games—I love them. But I also want to, from time to time, engage with other media. Miserable not because I hated Dante. I read the Dorothy Sayers translation in terza rima, and I loved much of it. The misery came from the class: Freshman Honors English, semester 1.

This was my introduction to college. One semester, one class: Is still, I assume! Every student in Honors English had a B or lower. Our professor was a poet. No further explanation needed, right? The end of the semester was fast approaching. It was an assignment that would later save my soul. Imagine thirty sweating honors class freshmen, some of whom had scholarships riding on their GPA, others—far more importantly—had their entire self-worth riding on their GPA.

All of us faced Thanksgiving Break with the shame of a B. There were three weeks from Thanksgiving until finals, when the assignment was due. Three weeks in the inferno—or, if one paced oneself correctly, one would only spend one week in Inferno, one in Purgatorio, and the last in Paradiso. Oh, let me tell you, how those freshmen rejoiced their way through Paradiso. Well, maybe the final canto. Want to see a textbook definition of subclinical triggering?

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On to the review. One thing in particular struck me repeatedly about Dante, reading him now as a year-old fantasy writer, versus reading him as an year-old college freshman, and I mean so oft-repeated I felt like my face belonged to a P. Dante was writing the work without which he would be forgotten by most everyone except Italian lit majors. He deserves it, but he jumps into that place like that kid challenging Mario Andretti to a quick couple laps for pink slips. But not only that. He, a Christian if one who finds himself lost along the Way in the dark wood of middle age , readily consigns foes and even acquaintances—some not yet dead, if I remember correctly—to Hell.

Plus, not judging at all gets me thrown out of way fewer parties. Totally burning in Hell, right now. Look at the evil he did! Check this example out: Think like Godfather 3. Evil Popey makes him go back! He did evil stuff! That courtier guy is heading for heaven—except the demons later tricked him into committing suicide by demons, a sin for which the pope apparently forgot to preemptively forgive him for.

This whole episode is listed as proof that the pope was evil: No one gets to use a loophole to escape God! If your doctrine lets people fool God, your doctrine is wack, yo.

Dante sets out to out-epic Homer and Virgil. Virgil [strides forth in a solid gold toga, taking a bit of snuff from a slave]: He was actually the bad chap, and not nearly as wonderful as you make him out to be. Virgil meant his epic to be studied and admired by audiences high and low, and he meant to define his Romans as the best of the best. Sing it for me sometime. You guys thought small. Some guy on a boat?

Some other pious guy on a different boat who lost a war to the first guy? Seriously, love your stuff, I even own the b-sides of your pastoral poetry. You came before Ludwig drums and Remo drumheads, man! Dante also sets about to reconcile, or at least appropriate, the gods and monsters of antiquity—though sometimes not very successfully.

You can tell me, buddy, I understand. You got stuck on that one part and were like, How can I get Dante and Virgil out of this one? A big ass dragon flies up out of the pit, scares the bejeepers out of them, and then totally lets them become the Dragonriders of Burn and head on down further!

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What do you learn about the power of hope or forgiveness when Luke Skywalker confronts Darth Vader? I had to look it up again. I was honestly proud of myself for merely remembering the word. The anagogical is a level of spiritual interpretation. This is when the work captures something that is eternally true. In a Platonic sense, it would be when you step out of the cave and instead of looking at shadows on the wall of thing that are True, you look at the things themselves.

You know this is the only way to get there. You therefore know they jumped through this curtain. Well, at least not everyone who jumps through gets a thermite sun-tan. Thus, the anagogic lesson is that belief is, ultimately, an act of the will. Or, in the common phrase of which this scene may be the origin, one must take a Leap of Faith. And apparently his poetry is pretty good? The Sayers translation I read in college was way more beautiful than the Clive James version I listened to this time. Sorry, Clive, personal preference.

Now, I should probably address the world-building, too, seeing how world-building is something fantasy writers ought to know something about.

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Yes, hecklers in the back, I hear you. Now run along and play. On the one hand, this world-building is ingenious. Anyone know if he borrowed most of this, or invented most of it? It all hangs together, literally and symbolically and morally. Satan is at the center of gravity? How scary is a guy with buried head-down with his butt in the air like a North Dakotan bike rack?

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Sorry, old Montanan North Dakota joke there. But when you think further, well, hell has inverted values, so after you come past him at the center of gravity, and into a vast crater—he left a giant crater when he was thrown out of heaven. Of course he did! Of course he is! Audiobooks go WAY back. Not a real quote, but a realistic one: But it works… for the artists and the map-geeks, who fan art the hell out of it. Look at all that! At the SAME time! All that, and then… Dante flinches. Do you know how Satan addresses the first non-traitor to visit Satan since he was thrown out of Heaven?

It was all a trap.

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Now you can rot with the worst of them. I am literally going to eat your idiot face for eternity! No last minute rescue by an angel. Even when Dante grabs onto his hairy ass and climbs around him through the center of the universe where gravity reverses itself and climbs out to go to Mt Purgatory, literally past his butthole. Lotta buildup to go limp at the finish!

These are stunning images, but made all the more powerful by the language in which Dante chose to convey them: In the early 14th Century, Italy, a patchwork of city states with various external imperial powers vying for influence, was also a patchwork of different languages. Writing in the Florentine dialect of the Tuscan language could have limited the appeal of The Divine Comedy.

It helped that he also incorporated, where appropriate, elements of other local dialects as well as Latin expressions, to widen its appeal. Florentine Tuscan became the lingua franca of Italy as a result of The Divine Comedy, helping to establish Florence as the creative hub of the Renaissance. Through the force of his words, Dante helped create the very idea of the Italian language that is spoken today. Two centuries later, Protestant leaders would advocate that reading the Bible in your own vernacular meant that you could give it your own individual understanding, undermining the idea that salvation is possible only through the Roman Church — something Dante himself had already done by outright inventing elements of the cosmology he presents in The Divine Comedy.

He had the presumption to fill in what the Bible leaves out. Each circle of Hell, and the Seven Deadly Sins assigned to them along with a few other categories, is classified based on either failures of reason the lesser crimes, in which primal impulses overwhelm intellect, such as lust, gluttony, greed and sloth or outright, conscious assaults on reason such as fraud and malice, which are the direst crimes in Hell and for whom the damned are placed in the lowest, darkest circles. Dante also has a surprisingly global outlook, one quite fair to non-Christians.

He heaps praise on the Saracen general Saladin, who he imagines merely occupying a place in Limbo, the place where the Just live who did not have faith in Christ in their lifetimes. The Divine Comedy is a fulcrum in Western history.