Dante's Inferno (The Divine Comedy: Volume I, Hell)

Dante's Inferno (The Divine Comedy: Volume I, Hell)

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Overview

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence, Italy in the middle of the 13th century and what is principally known of him comes from his own writings. One of the world's great literary masterpieces, the "Divine Comedy" is at its heart an allegorical tale regarding man's search for divinity. The work is divided into three sections, "Inferno", "Purgatorio", and "Paradiso", each containing thirty-three cantos. It is the narrative of a journey down through Hell, up the mountain of Purgatory, and through the revolving heavens into the presence of God. In this aspect it belongs to the two familiar medieval literary types of the Journey and the Vision, however Dante intended the work to be more than just simple allegory, layering the narrative with rich historical, moral, political, literal, and anagogical context. In order for the work to be more accessible to the common readers of his day, Dante wrote in the Italian language. This was an uncommon practice at the time for serious literary works, which would traditionally be written in Latin. One of the truly great compositions of all time, the "Divine Comedy" has inspired and influenced readers ever since its original creation. Presented here is the first volume of the "Divine Comedy" translated into English verse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.

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ISBN-13: 9781420952544
Publisher: Neeland Media
Publication date: 02/18/2016
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)

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Dante's Inferno 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be honest this is the ONLY copy I could find without a bunch of misspellings and and screwed-up print
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Missing large portions of text
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Cuts off mostbof the text making it unreadable
MarcusH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dante's Inferno is the first part of an epic poem that rivals other greats like Ovid's Metamorphosis and Homer's Illiad and Odyssey. As one reads Dante, they must keep in mind that he was stifled politically. It has been said that without a proper avenue to voice his political distaste, Dante constructed his seven levels of Hell. Each level represents an action and it's subsequent punishment. At times the poem can become tedious and hard to follow, but there's a large amount of very memorable sequences that make this one of the greatest pieces of writing constructed.
ParadisePorch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Approached through lots and lots of footnotes (how else can you read a 14th century Italian poet?) I felt I couldn¿t really judge the poetry because of the translation issue. Dante imagined a place of eternal torments based on the teachings of his church, and peopled it with 14th century Florentines and ancient Greeks. Judgemental, narrow in historical approach and doctrinally cringe-worthy.
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Claimed for the Hawthorne Dynasty.
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If I could read past the first page of each chapter/stave, I could give a more appropriate rating. As it is, I am so very angry that I cannot read anything BUT the first page of each stave.
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