The Divine Comedy (The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso)

December 28, 2018

Dante AlighieriImage of The Divine Comedy

Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, Dante Alighieri’s poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise — the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.

2003

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    I highly recommend this translation of Dante’s Inferno. For many years, Ciardi’s translation has been the standard and it has much to recommend it. But Ciardi’s rhymed stanzas are looser, wordier, and less faithful to the original than Thornton’s blank verse. Thornton brings us closer to what Dante wrote. And the excellent notes at the end of each canto help bring this masterpiece to life for a modern reader.

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