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The Inferno of Dante: A New Verse Translation by Robert Pinsky

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    Inferno- Controversial and Exciting

    At the time of publication, Dante¿s Inferno was the most controversial and descriptive story ever told, and it remains such today. Inferno is the story of Dante¿s journey through the different levels of hell and the chaos he encounters in each. He includes commentary on every kind of sin, from gluttony to betrayal. He uses himself as a narrator, but does so objectively. This makes it so the reader thinks Dante¿s ideas are God¿s ideas and he simply discovered them during his journey. This objective point of view is believable because Dante feels sympathy towards the sinners at the beginning even though he is the person who has put those sins in hell. However, his character is not assigning punishment he is simply observing the torture the sinners must endure. This torture includes stories ranging from the river Styx to the river of boiling blood to a three-headed monster chewing on the three greatest sinners in history. Dante is extremely descriptive from the beginning and his descriptions become more vivid as he gets deeper into hell. Since I was able to visualize and even feel the agony of hell, everything Dante is trying to convey becomes engrained into the reader¿s mind and each sin is thought about. The imagery in Inferno teased my mind more than any other imagery I have ever read, which is the reason I was also forced to think about every sin Dante discussed. Because of its imagery and controversial viewpoints on sin, Inferno has been an influential and popular book throughout history. I would recommend it to anyone because it is exciting and can be read as a historical perspective of hell or an exciting journey through the levels of hell and each reader can make of it what they want.

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