The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso

The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso

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by Dante Alighieri
     
 

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The Divine Comedy (Italian: La Divina Commedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the Christian afterlife is a culmination of the medieval

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The Divine Comedy (Italian: La Divina Commedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. It is widely considered the preeminent work of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the Christian afterlife is a culmination of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church. It helped establish the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard. It is divided into three parts, the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.
On the surface the poem describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven; but at a deeper level it represents allegorically the soul's journey towards God. At this deeper level, Dante draws on medieval Christian theology and philosophy, especially the teachings of Thomas Aquinas. At the surface level, the poem is understood to be fictional.

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“The English Dante of choice.” –Hugh Kenner

“Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths.” –Robert Fagles, Princeton University

“A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry.” –Henri Peyre, Yale University

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ISBN-13:
9780804169127
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Series:
Vintage Classics Series
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
703,817
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Dante Alighieri, born in Florence, Italy, c. 1265, is considered one of the world's greatest poets. His use of the Florentine dialect established it as the basis for modern Italian. His late medieval epic, The Divine Comedy, was above all inspired, as was all his poetry, by his unrequited love for Beatrice, a woman he may have seen only from afar. He died in 1321, having completed his great work, yet an exile from his native city.

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The Divine Comedy: The Carlyle-Okey-Wicksteed Translation 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
noel_bagwell More than 1 year ago
The Divine Comedy is a classic among classics. Dante Alighieri's imaginative work provides the modern reader (or, in this case, listener) with a vivid tour of hell, purgatory and heaven. Whether or not you are a religious person, the lessons about what is and is not good, and the distinctions between various kinds of acts with regard to their moral nature, are intriguing, thought-provoking and still very relevant to the ethical issues of today. Whether you're looking for something insightful to read, or if you just want to educate yourself by reading (or rereading) a classic you may or may not have read in school, The Divine Comedy is an excellent book for any reader of intermediate to advanced reading ability.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Books like this are the kinds of books that make people truly realize writing as an undeniable form of art. Dante's 'Divine Comedy' is borderline flawless. He conveys most everything he wants to convey with intensity and a clarity that has yet to be rivaled, let alone matched. Whilst the book is indeed hard to begin because of the style of writing, once you get beyond that, you, the reader, are in for a true intellectual experience.
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BDogPound More than 1 year ago
This story is nothing more than one man trying to justify tearing apart others lives and the choices they make that he personally does not agree. While giving his own sins lighter punishments & less hellish placement in the inferno. Many of his characters were still alive at the time he wrote this which is evidenced by the fact that after its publication Dante was panished from his home.
The producer of this CD version "Blackstone Audio" is highly flawed. Several of audio CD's had no information on them - they are blank. Others were covered in a sticky glue that had to be cleaned before they would play. If you must have this for a class order a version from a different company!