The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso
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The Divine Comedy 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.
Allen Mandelbaum's astonishingly Dantean translation, which captures so much of the life of the original, renders whole for us the masterpiece of that genius whom our greatest poets have recognized as a central model for all poets.
This Everyman's edition–containing in one volume all three cantos, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso–includes an introduction by Nobel Prize—winning poet Eugenio Montale, a chronology, notes, and a bibliography. Also included are forty-two drawings selected from Botticelli's marvelous late-fifteenth-century series of illustrations.
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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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Ugh. I finally finished this book. It's taken me years trying to get through this one. I'll go middle of the road on this one. I'll counter the 5 stars it probably deserves with my own personal 1 star ...
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The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri
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