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This single volume, blank verse translation of The Divine Comedy includes an introduction, maps of Dante’s Italy, Hell, Purgatory, Geocentric Universe, and political panorama of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century, diagrams and notes providing the reader with invaluable guidance. Dante Alighieri was born in in Florence to a family of minor nobility.

He entered into Florentine politics inbut he and his party were forced into exile in a hostile political climate in Taking asylum in Ravenna late in life, Dante completed his Divine Commedia, considered one of the most important works of Western literature, before his death in Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Showing of 2, reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I highly recommend this translation of Dante’s Inferno. For many years, Ciardi’s translation has dvine the standard fomedy 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.

With decades of study and meticulous craftsmanship, Dr. First, the poetry is vivid. I felt like orange flames and the stench of Sulphur were my companions as much as were Dante and Virgil.

The verse itself is a second reason I liked this translation. Read the translation; savor the footnotes. I’ve been trying to expose my kids to more of the classics. But every jlhn of the Divine Comedy I’ve come across has been so difficult that I couldn’t even get through Hell felt like hell trying to read it.

Douglas Neff for this translation. It keeps all the flavor, tension, and tje and stays true to the original story. Reading this johj, I find myself diardi absorbed and engaged in trying to understand what Dante was trying to get across, and why he picked certain persons for certain levels, and doing research into some of the people, places, vices, etc.

My 7 year old is totally engaged, while at the same time, my 15 year old and I are getting into some very interesting discussions Dante put Pope Celestine V with those souls who neither heaven nor hell want, because he resigned as Pope.

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And none of us are getting ground down by having to stop and try and translate the language. I cannot encourage you strongly enough to get this book. You will not be disappointed. I’m now dovine to find a comparable translation of Purgatory and Paradise so we can complete the story. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase.

Written aroundthe book predates most of the classics, except Homer’s works of course. But even before Shakespeare, this book heralded in an uncommonly twisted and almost perverse story of Dante’s descent into Hell and his description of everything he sees and those he meets.

Not necessarily an easy read but it does tribute to the language and reminds the reader that our vernacular has so much more color than the reductio ad absurdum we see being used today. Dante’s descriptions of the nightmare that sinners diine at each level is pretty graphic, sometimes bordering on horrifying, and who knows, he might even be credited with the first narrative on the subject of flesh-eating zombies which are so popular today.


The narrative also gives the reader a feel for certain historical relevancies of that and earlier times and how Dante saw the world. This particular version of the book, by John Ciardi, provides excellent descriptive notes after each section, clarifying things mentioned in the story so the reader stays on xivine.

Lastly, I could not help but wonder if the Vatican of that time didn’t encourage the book to be written clmedy because of its thematic message of what happens to sinners, particularly those who sin against Coemdy and the Church or become apostates. It certainly provides compelling imagery to anyone who believes in Ciiardi and Hell.

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