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Posted January 31, 2011
I would compare Mark Musa's Dante's Inferno to Edith's Hamilton's Greek Mythology book.They both are based off of alot of authors and other texts complied into their translation,Mark Musa also includes his notes which really helps with the understanding of historical figures and the reading. Dante's Inferno is about a poet/pilgrim decendent into Hell along with his mentor Virgil,a poet sent to guide him along the way and explain to him while Hell is the way it is.Dante the pilgrim learns about the sins that people did to end up in Hell and what he can do not to end up in Hell.He meets historical figures,people who have helped America and great heros like Achilles.They explain their life and what caused them to be in their spot in Hell.In Hell there are nine circles,the circles get worst the lower he goes based on sins.They also give him their name because it is believed that,while their physcial body is no longer living their soul is,and if they are forgotten their soul will no longer exist.I saw Dante's Inferno as literature as poetry,and it names alot of historical figures.It uses alot of poetic devices,such as similes and rhetorical questions.The similes help with showing the reader how a person looks or feels and the rhetorical questions help to show Dante's learning.Dante's Inferno is a great book and the text it is written in. The Imagery of Dante's Inferno was graphic and very detailed."They sanked their teeth into that poor wretch who hid,they ripped him open piece by piece,and then ran off with his wretched limbs." pg 105.Describes how dogs tore apart a soul trying to escape the circle of Hell he was in.Thoughout the book the imagery is very thorough and you can see what is happening and where they are. The text Dante's Inferno is told in is poetic and interesting."This is he,This is Dis; this is the place that calls for all the courage you have in you."pg.243.Virgil says when Dante is at the greatest point in the book.This is a great way to tell the book was told in a poetic way.Dante's Inferno is a great way to show how a book can refer to references and be so diverse."..So these two left the flock where Dido is.."pg.50.Again Dante's Inferno talks about alot of historical figures,and is diverse with the way it approaches the historical figures.Dante's Inferno is a great book and I only recommend it to people who understand poetry and literature.
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Posted July 7, 2014