Purgatorio (John Ciardi Translation)

Purgatorio (John Ciardi Translation)

by Dante Alighieri, John Ciardi
     
 

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In The Inferno, Dante described his journey to the depths of evil, to the recognition of the true nature of sin. In The Purgatorio, he describes his journey to the renunciation of sin, accepting his suffering in preparation for his entrance into the presence of God. This brilliant translation of Dante's soaring canticle crystallizes the power and beauty

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In The Inferno, Dante described his journey to the depths of evil, to the recognition of the true nature of sin. In The Purgatorio, he describes his journey to the renunciation of sin, accepting his suffering in preparation for his entrance into the presence of God. This brilliant translation of Dante's soaring canticle crystallizes the power and beauty inherent in the great poet's immortal conception of the aspiring soul.

"Ciardi's Purgatorio more than satisfies the interest and expectation that were aroused…by his version of Inferno. The clean force of the original comes through with astonishing success. [He] has given us…a credible, passionate persona of the poet, stripped of the customary gauds of rhetoric and false decoration, strong and noble in utterance."—Dudley Fitts

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679602101
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/15/1996
Edition description:
Modern Library Edition
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 7.55(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri was considered Italy's greatest poet. He is the author of the three canticles, The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso, along with La Vita Nuova. He died in 1321.

John Ciardi was a distinguished poet and professor, having taught at Harvard and Rutgers universities, and is a poetry editor of The Saturday Review. He was a winner of the Harriet Monroe Memorial Award and the Prix de Rome.

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