An English Commentary on Dante's Divina Commedia (Classic Reprint)by Henry Fanshawe Tozer
The primary aim with which these notes have been written is to make Dante's meaning clear to the reader of his poem; and with a view to this, in interpreting the harder passages, translations, paraphrases, or explanations have been introduced, according as one or other of these methods appeared better
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The primary aim with which these notes have been written is to make Dante's meaning clear to the reader of his poem; and with a view to this, in interpreting the harder passages, translations, paraphrases, or explanations have been introduced, according as one or other of these methods appeared better suited to that purpose. With the same object - in accordance with the principle which is now generally accepted, that 'Dante is to be explained by Dante' - numerous references have been made, especially for the uses of words and phrases, from one part of the poem to another, and also to Dante's prose works, in which, owing to the numbering of the lines in the Oxford edition, passages can now be easily found. The origin and exact meaning of archaic and otherwise unusual words have also been investigated; and the more marked peculiarities of syntax and metre have from time to time been noticed. Further, I have endeavoured to elucidate the allusions and illustrative statements with which the Divina Commedia teems, as far as the restricted limits of such a work as the present admit, and the needs of ordinary students require.
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