The Divine Comedy: Volume 2: Purgatory

Overview

Dante (1265-1321) is the greatest of Italian poets, and his Divine Comedy is the finest of all Christian allegories.

To the consternation of his more academic admirers, who believed Latin to be the only proer language for dignified verse, Dante wrote his Comedy in colloquial Italian, wanting it to be a poem for the common reader. Taking two threads of a story that everybody knew and loved—the story of a vision of Hell, Prugatory and Paradise, and the story of the lover who has ...

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Overview

Dante (1265-1321) is the greatest of Italian poets, and his Divine Comedy is the finest of all Christian allegories.

To the consternation of his more academic admirers, who believed Latin to be the only proer language for dignified verse, Dante wrote his Comedy in colloquial Italian, wanting it to be a poem for the common reader. Taking two threads of a story that everybody knew and loved—the story of a vision of Hell, Prugatory and Paradise, and the story of the lover who has to brave the Underworld to find his lost lady—he combined them into a great allegory of the soul's search for God. He made it swift, exciting topical, lavishing upon it all his learning and wit, all his tenderness, humour and enthusiasm, and all his poetry.

In Purgatory, which is according to Dorothy L. Sayers the "tenderest, most subtle and most human section of the Comedy," Dante struggles up the slopes of Mount Purgatory on the second stage of his journey towards God.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140440461
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/1955
  • Series: Divine Comedy Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 224,096
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.85 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy's greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered in the art of lyric poetry at an early age. His first major work is La Vita Nuova (1292) which is a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great love of his life. Married to Gemma Donatic, Dante's political activism resulted in his being exiled from Florence to eventually settle in Ravenna. It is believed that The Divine Comedy—comprised of three canticles, The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso—was written between 1308 and 1320. Dante Alighieri died in 1321.

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  • Posted September 15, 2010

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    The next step on the journey to Paradise

    Dorothy Leigh Sayers continues her excellent translation of the Divine Comedy with the second stage of the journey. Having passed through the center of the Earth, Dante and Virgil emerge on the shores of an island in the Southern Hemisphere, the only mass of land in that hemisphere of the world. (Remember that the Comedy was written in the medieval period.) This is the island of Purgatory, where souls who have died in grace go to purge themselves of their sins before final entry into the appropriate circle of heaven. Along with DLS' idiomatic translation, we have an excellent explanation of how Purgatory functions in the doctrine of the Church, as well as the notes that explain to modern readers the references that were common knowledge in Dante's time and place.

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