The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri : Volume 2: Purgatorio: Volume 2: Purgatorio, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Feb 28, 2003 - Literary Collections - 720 pages
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The second volume of Oxford's new Divine Comedy presents the Italian text of the Purgatorio and, on facing pages, a new prose translation. Continuing the story of the poet's journey through the medieval Other World under the guidance of the Roman poet Virgil, the Purgatorio culminates in the regaining of the Garden of Eden and the reunion there with the poet's long-lost love Beatrice. This new edition of the Italian text takes recent critical editions into account, and Durling's prose translation, like that of the Inferno, is unprecedented in its accuracy, eloquence, and closeness to Dante's syntax. Martinez' and Durling's notes are designed for the first-time reader of the poem but include a wealth of new material unavailable elsewhere. The extensive notes on each canto include innovative sections sketching the close relation to passages--often similarly numbered cantos--in the Inferno. Fifteen short essays explore special topics and controversial issues, including Dante's debts to Virgil and Ovid, his radical political views, his original conceptions of homosexuality, of moral growth, and of eschatology. As in the Inferno, there is an extensive bibliography and four useful indexes. Robert Turner's illustrations include maps, diagrams of Purgatory and the cosmos, and line drawings of objects and places mentioned in the poem.
  

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Contents

Abbreviations
3
Notes to Canto 10166
166
Canto 11112
172
Notes to Canto 11180
180
Notes to Canto 12
196
Notes to Canto 13214
214
Notes to Canto 14232
232
Notes to Canto 15250
250
Canto 28474
474
Notes to Canto 28482
482
Canto 29492
492
Notes to Canto 29
502
The four Evangelists from the font canopy in the cathedral
509
Canto 30
510
Notes to Canto 30518
518
Canto 31530
530

Notes to Canto 16
266
Notes to Canto 172S4
285
Notes to Canto 18300
300
Notes to Canto 19316
316
Notes to Canto 20336
336
Notes to Canto 21
354
Notes to Canto 22
372
Notes to Canto 23390
390
Notes to Canto 24
411
Notes to Canto 25
429
Notes to Canto 26
446
Notes to Canto 31
538
Canto 32548
548
Notes to Canto 32
558
Canto 33566
566
Notes to Canto 33514
575
Vergil Eclogue IV
585
Additional Notes
591
Vergils Palinurus in Putgatorio and the Rudderless Ship of State Canto 6
597
San Miniato al Monte and Dantes Pride of Workmanship Canto 12
608
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Born Dante Alighieri in the spring of 1265 in Florence, Italy, he was known familiarly as Dante. His family was noble, but not wealthy, and Dante received the education accorded to gentlemen, studying poetry, philosophy, and theology. His first major work was Il Vita Nuova, The New Life. This brief collection of 31 poems, held together by a narrative sequence, celebrates the virtue and honor of Beatrice, Dante's ideal of beauty and purity. Beatrice was modeled after Bice di Folco Portinari, a beautiful woman Dante had met when he was nine years old and had worshipped from afar in spite of his own arranged marriage to Gemma Donati. Il Vita Nuova has a secure place in literary history: its vernacular language and mix of poetry with prose were new; and it serves as an introduction to Dante's masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, in which Beatrice figures prominently. The Divine Comedy is Dante's vision of the afterlife, broken into a trilogy of the Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. Dante is given a guided tour of hell and purgatory by Virgil, the pagan Roman poet whom Dante greatly admired and imitated, and of heaven by Beatrice. The Inferno shows the souls who have been condemned to eternal torment, and included here are not only mythical and historical evil-doers, but Dante's enemies. The Purgatory reveals how souls who are not irreversibly sinful learn to be good through a spiritual purification. And The Paradise depicts further development of the just as they approach God. The Divine Comedy has been influential from Dante's day into modern times. The poem has endured not just because of its beauty and significance, but also because of its richness and piety as well as its occasionally humorous and vulgar treatment of the afterlife. In addition to his writing, Dante was active in politics. In 1302, after two years as a priore, or governor of Florence, he was exiled because of his support for the white guelfi, a moderate political party of which he was a member. After extensive travels, he stayed in Ravenna in 1319, completing The Divine Comedy there, until his death in 1321.

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