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... show more
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.
Publish date: October 25th 2005
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 560
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, Italian Literature
Series: The Divine Comedy -3 (#1)
It's Book Circle day, and also the 24th day of the Doubleday UK meme which invites one to consider which book is most reminiscent of that dread and drear individual, The English Teacher. http://tinyurl.com/la754n4 It's poetry. The ***ONLY*** reason I read poetry is that it's somehow assigned rea...
The Inferno is one of those books that everyone talks about, but very few people seem to have actually read. It’s a classic of the highest order, and after having read it myself, I have to say I agree with that verdict. It is genuinely magnificently written, and I have both Dante and John Ciardi to ...
Dante's lively, conical hell is vivacious, and his story is presented as history, allowing its spiritual and philosophical significance to emerge unforced. It offers a nuanced view of human action, thought, character and judgement, as well as the role of divine justice.All this might seem unappealin...
Eerste zin: "Op het midden van den weg onzes levens, hervond ik mij in een donker woud, omdat de Rechte Weg verloren was." P. 99: "Er is een plaats in de Hel, genaamd de Buidelen des kwaads, geheel van steen van de kleur van ijzerroest eveneens als de cirkel, die haar van rondom omgeeft." Laatste ...
Edited to add my impression after second reading. Still not really loving it, but in the other hand, my verse reading is warmed up! Reading The Purgatory should be less an effort. --------------------------------------------- I was totally out of my depth; like literally drowned by all the facts...
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