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The Portable Dante
     

The Portable Dante

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by Dante Alighieri
 

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Dante Alighieri paved the way for modern literature, while creating verse and prose that remain unparalleled for formal elegance, intellectual depth, and emotional grandeur. The Portable Dante contains complete verse translations of Dante's two masterworks, The Divine Comedy and La Vita Nuova, as well as a bibliography, notes, and an introduction

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Raven_moon More than 1 year ago
T.S. Elliot once said "Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them; there is no third." Dante's Divine Comedy is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Originally written in what is widely considered the most eloquent Italian ever penned, it remains a classic portrait of medieval society, Christian theology, and both human and divine justice. Of all the translations available, Musa's remains the most accessible. He makes the bold decision to abandon rhyme, but in doing so, he keeps the lyrical cadence of the rhymed Italian while keeping his version readable, clear, and I think, closer to Dante's original meaning. His notes and introductions to each canto provide an exceptionally solid background for academics and casual readers alike. Finally, the inclusion of La Vita Nuova (Dante's autobiographical account of the inspiration for the Comedy, namely his love for Beatrice), also lovingly annotated by Musa, makes this edition the definitive version of Dante's greatest work.
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