Inferno Guided by the poet Virgil Dante plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God Together they descend through the twenty four circles of the underworld and encounter

Guided by the poet Virgil, Dante plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God Together they descend through the twenty four circles of the underworld and encounter the tormented souls of the damned from heretics and pagans to gluttons, criminals and seducers who tell of their sad fates and predict events still to come in Dante s liGuided by the poet Virgil, Dante plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God Together they descend through the twenty four circles of the underworld and encounter the tormented souls of the damned from heretics and pagans to gluttons, criminals and seducers who tell of their sad fates and predict events still to come in Dante s life In this first part of his Divine Comedy, Dante fused satire and humour with intellect and soaring passion to create an immortal Christian allegory of mankind s search for self knowledge and spiritual enlightenment.

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  1. Dante Alighieri, or simply Dante May 14 June 13 1265 September 13 14, 1321 , is one of the greatest poets in the Italian language with the comic story teller Boccaccio and the poet Petrarch, he forms the classic trio of Italian authors Dante Alighieri was born in the city state Florence in 1265 He first saw the woman, or rather the child, who was to become the poetic love of his life when he was almost nine years old and she was some months younger In fact, Beatrice married another man, Simone di Bardi, and died when Dante was 25, so their relationship existed almost entirely in Dante s imagination, but she nonetheless plays an extremely important role in his poetry Dante attributed all the heavenly virtues to her soul and imagined, in his masterpiece The Divine Comedy, that she was his guardian angel who alternately berated and encouraged him on his search for salvation.Politics as well as love deeply influenced Dante s literary and emotional life Renaissance Florence was a thriving, but not a peaceful city different opposing factions continually struggled for dominance there The Guelfs and the Ghibellines were the two major factions, and in fact that division was important in all of Italy and other countries as well The Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor were political rivals for much of this time period, and in general the Guelfs were in favor of the Pope, while the Ghibellines supported Imperial power By 1289 in the battle of Campaldino the Ghibellines largely disappeared from Florence Peace, however, did not insue Instead, the Guelf party divided between the Whites and the Blacks Dante was a White Guelf The Whites were opposed to Papal power than the Blacks, and tended to favor the emperor, so in fact the preoccupations of the White Guelfs were much like those of the defeated Ghibellines In this divisive atmosphere Dante rose to a position of leadership in 1302, while he was in Rome on a diplomatic mission to the Pope, the Blacks in Florence seized power with the help of the French and pro Pope Charles of Valois The Blacks exiled Dante, confiscating his goods and condemning him to be burned if he should return to Florence.Dante never returned to Florence He wandered from city to city, depending on noble patrons there Between 1302 and 1304 some attempts were made by the exiled Whites to retrieve their position in Florence, but none of these succeeded and Dante contented himself with hoping for the appearance of a new powerful Holy Roman Emperor who would unite the country and banish strife Henry VII was elected Emperor in 1308, and indeed laid seige to Florence in 1312, but was defeated, and he died a year later, destroying Dante s hopes Dante passed from court to court, writing passionate political and moral epistles and finishing his Divine Comedy, which contains the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso He finally died in Ravenna in 1321.

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  1. I just want to start off by saying that Through me you enter into the City of Woes would make an EXCELLENT tramp stamp Jump on it Being that I am an atheist living in the Bible Belt, I was certain that reading this would lead to some sort of tirade, which can at times feel about as good as vomiting up a sour stomach oryou know.g other stuff like shit that ladies don t do However, I was from the outset hypnotized by Dante s tr s Baudelaire esque grotesque imagery and overall style For such a holy [...]

  2. Dante s Inferno the first book I was assigned to read in my high school World Literature class Back then I couldn t get over how much the emotion of fear set the tone as I read each page I recently revisited this classic Rather than a conventional review after all, there really is nothing I can add as a way of critical commentary as a tribute to the great poet, I would like to share the below microfiction I wrote a number of years ago JOYRIDE One balmy July evening at a seaside amusement park, [...]

  3. One of the great classics that everyone should attempt reading once For Walking Dead fans, had there been no Dante, there could never have been a Kirkman There is incredible violence and suffering it is Hell after all , but the relationship between Virgil and Dante is a beautiful one that evolves as their descend lower and lower.I read both the John Ciardi translation in verse rhyming for the first and third lines in each stanza trying to keep to Dante s 11 syllable structure and John M Sinclair [...]

  4. Since it s Good Friday, and thus exactly 717 years since Dante s pilgrim descended into the underworld, I thought it would be an auspicious moment to tell people about the project I ve been pursuing together with Dr Sabina Sestigiani, an Italian lecturer at Swinburne University in Melbourne Dante s poem is celebrated as one of the treasures of world literature but it is not very accessible, being written in archaic Italian Although there are translations, and even these are wonderful, a translat [...]

  5. The other day, in the comment thread to her review of The Aeneid, Meredith called The Divine Comedy lame specifically, she objected to the fact that Dante put all the people he didn t like in Hell Well, Meredith, you re perfectly welcome to your opinions but I m half Italian, and I ve been politely informed that if I don t respond in some way I m likely to wake up some morning and find a horse s head lying next to me So here goes.I actually have two separate defenses First, let s consider Dante [...]

  6. Inferno La Divina Commedia 1 The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri Volume 1 Inferno, Dante AlighieriThe Divine Comedy Italian Divina Commedia is a long narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c 1308 and completed in 1320, a year before his death in 1321 It is widely considered the preeminent work in Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature The poem s imaginative vision of the afterlife is representative of the medieval world view as it had developed in the [...]

  7. A fantastic representation of Dante s Inferno Nine Circles of Hell as divined by divine Lego artist, Mahai Marius Mihu This is as close as I hope to get to understanding the Nine Circles according to Dante Alighieri i LIMBO A place of monotony, here the souls are punished to wander in restless existence while they moan helplessly in echoes between the ruins of a templeii LUST Surrounded by erotic representations, those overcome by lust are forced to watch and experience disgusting things, ultima [...]

  8. An excellent translation even better than John Ciardi Like Ciardi, Pinsky is a real poet and makes Dante the poet come alive His verse has muscularity and force, and his decision to use half rhyme is an excellent one, since it allows us to attend to the narrative undistracted.

  9. Book Review4 out of 5 stars to Inferno, the first of three books in the Divine Comedy series, written around 1320 by Dante Alighieri A few pieces of background information for those who many not know, before I get into a mini review Inferno, which means Hell was one of three books Dante wrote in the 14th century, essentially about the three spaces people occupy after death Hell Inferno , Purgatory and Heaven Paradiso I ve only read Inferno, so I m not able to discuss much on the other two, but I [...]

  10. I DID IT I FINISHED IT BLESS.This is such an interesting book, though definitely very hard to get through I think if I was able to read it in Italian it would be a little easier as it would actually be read like Dante intended, but it s still really cool to see all the concepts This is such an influential piece of literature and is referenced SO MUCH in culture that it is really cool to have a basis for it I think I may reread this in a different rhyming translation next time to see what that wo [...]

  11. 2016 review to 9780141195872 cover hardback, red devils cover art I didn t read the main text of this one, but I think I will read the English half at some point This one has chronology, introduction, map of Italy, plan of Hell plus commentaries and notes at the end The main text itself is shown with Italian text on the left side, English on the right side Commentaries include many comments on the linguistic details that I don t remember the paperback Penguin version having There is also a cord [...]

  12. Before I start talking about the book proper, I have a confession to make I wasn t sure I really wanted to read philosophical poetry written seven centuries ago I had doubts about style, quality of translation and my own lack of literary background in decyphering the numerous Christian and mythological references, not to mention political and cultural trivia from Dante s Florence Thanks to my friends, I took the plunge and I can report back that it was well worth the effort Even better, it wasn [...]

  13. Maybe Dante was referring to the levels of materialism The one has the one wants, spiraling downwards, deeper and deeper until the matter consumes So dense and dark with matter and at absolute evil, Hell, where Satan resides.

  14. El Infierno tan temidoEse que transitaron H rcules en sus desafiantes trabajos, aquel al que descendi Eneas en el cap tulo VI de la Eneida , ese pavoroso y horrendo lugar que describe con impactante realismo en su serm n el padre Arnall en el libro Retrato del artista adolescente , de James Joyce al que considero de una perfecci n casi cercana a la de Dante Alighieri, o ese otro infierno urbano en el que camina Ad n Buenosayres durante la novela hom nima y que Leopoldo Marechal narra con tanta m [...]

  15. About TranslationIt took me a while to decide on the translation to use After a few days of research and asking around, I shortlisted Musa and Hollander Went with Hollander since it seemed better organized Turned out to be a good choice.The translation is fluid and easy on the ear The Italian version is also available when you want to just read the Italian purely for the sound of verse I am no judge of the fidelity of the various translations, but this was an easy read and that was good There is [...]

  16. I realize that I need to edit one particular part, but this review means a lot to me and I would like for it to stay the way it was written, regardless of the revalations and events that took place later.Beautifully written and emotionally draining However, this isn t simply a tale of terror It is a philosophical and, I suppose, historical work as well I learned interesting historical facts Who among us are sinners Who are the righteous ones Are people and deeds simply right or wrong, good and e [...]

  17. For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh versus The Divine Comedy All citations from the Inferno are from the Longfellow translation To YouPaw in paw we come Pooh and the BouncerTo lay this review in your lap.Give us one of those sultry little smilesand say you re surprised Say you can t get over it Say it s just what you ve always wantedand it s even fun than a day at the spa because, let s face it, hunny honey, on my salaryI couldn t aff [...]

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  19. The Inferno or Dante Alighieri need little introduction Most people are familiar with the Divine Comedy regardless of their religion or lack of one The Divine Comedy is one man s journey with his guide, through Hell and Purgatory, Virgil Beatrice is his guide in heaven The Inferno is the journey through the nine layers of hell and, to many, the most interesting of the three journies Purgatory is a boring place by design and Heaven is well, heaven.I always felt The Inferno contained the best plac [...]

  20. 4 Reasons to Read Dante s Inferno1 To finally figure out the difference between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines Dante was a Guelph.2 To discover why Constantine made his famous donation.3 To learn some new and ingenious ways to torture your enemies Dante is very imaginative in this regard.4 To find out what happened to Potiphar s wife, Mohammed, Ulysses, Atilla the Hun, Cleopatra, and Helen of Troy We meet them all in The Inferno.I recommend Dorothy Sayers translation because of the excellent in [...]

  21. I really liked this book because it was just so interesting to learn all the different levels of hell, whose in each, and what the punishment is for every sin.Here s all the levels Here is a good map of all the people there 1st Circle of Hell LimboSecond Circle of Hell LustThird Circle of Hell GluttonyFourth Circle of Hell GreedFifth Circle of Hell WrathSixth Circle of Hell HeresySeventh Circle of Hell ViolenceEight Circle of Hell FraudNinth Circle of Hell TreacheryWell I m not sinning any, no w [...]

  22. I m not sure where the copy of the book came from The copyright is one year before I was born, but I don t remember picking it up in a used book store But I guess that s neither here nor there.I wish I could honestly check off 5 stars and say that my eyes were opened That I really felt transformed by having read this classic of literature and that I will make it point to re read it every year on the anniversary of my having discovered the error of my ways in not reading it at age 5.But I can t.I [...]

  23. I understand there is nothing new I can say about this classic What I can do is offer my experience of reading Dante s opus, to hope that by writing the review much will be revealed to me of my reading than I know here at the start I imagine I will offer much speculation which has probably been speculated upon for eons But for me speculation is at the heart of reading and of writing There is no Virgil to guide me us On our own let s step into The Inferno Homage is due for this epic scripted wit [...]

  24. Inferno is part one of the Divine Comedy Series where Dante Alighieri puts across his version of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven of course based on the Christian perception along with the addition of Greek Mythology.Dante is lead on by his dear friend Virgilius through the Inferno and Purgatory, further Beatrice comes forward to lead him through the Paradise Dante has divided the hell in 9 circles with further subdivisions and all the sinners namely Heretics, Gluttonous, violent ones, Flatterers and [...]

  25. As though I could really give Dante anything but five stars Seriously, The Inferno in general and this edition in particular is a great read Anthony Esolen does a great job of not only placing the book in its historical context almost anyone who can write numbers can do that , but also of helping the reader to appreciate and to almost step inside of the world view held by Dante himself This is accomplished both through the use of copious informative endnotes and through the inclusion at the end [...]

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