The Divine Comedy
The Divine Comedy, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.
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Dante is lost in the forest of indecision, when his angel, Beatrice, summons the Greek poet Virgil to guide him through Hell and Purgatory to Heaven. Beatrice then guides Dante to the presence of God.
Wonderfully written poem that set the stage for many future poems/novellas/novels. Many of his ideas have found their way into pop-culture ("Abandon hope, all ye who enter here"). Incredibly difficult rhyming sequence was used. 100 total cantos. Each book ended with "the stars".
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The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri
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