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The Paperback of the The Inferno (John Ciardi Translation) by Dante Alighieri at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!. Poet and literary critic John Ciardi reads an English-language translation of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno (Hell), an allegory telling of Dante’s journey through Hell, . A text with the clarity and sobriety of a first-rate prose translation which at the same time suggests in powerful and unmistakable ways I think [Ciardi’s] version of Dante will be in many respects the best we have seen.”—John Crowe Ransom.

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Whatever else he may have been does not function in the poem. I’m now trying to find a comparable translation of Purgatory and Paradise so we can complete the story. But when you move again among the living, 85 oh speak my name to the memory of men! Then he came back; his pain showed in his pace. Notify me of new comments via email. Blind, like one whom sleep comes over in a swoon, I stumbled into darkness and went down. Voices hoarse and shrill 25 and sounds of blows, all intermingled, raised tumult and pandemonium that still whirls on the air forever dirty with it as if a whirlwind sucked at sand.

Called La Vita Nuova The New Lifeit was deliberately written in the vernacular in to celebrate the most impor- tant influence in Dante’s life, his love for Beatrice Portinari.

I wish you to know before you travel on 28 The Inferno that these were sinless. Now they return, and waking gradually, 44 Canto VI 45 I see new torments and new souls in pain about me everywhere.

Dante shifts tenses more freely than English readers are accustomed to. Infetno the burning of Troy, Aeneas is di- rected by various signs to sail for the Latian lands Italy where his destiny awaits him.


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Thus ended the worst of this partisan strife from which, as Machi- avelli was to write, “there resulted more murders, banish- xvi Introduction ments and destruction of families than ever in any city known to history. He probably composed it in the last decade of his life and chose Latin as a medium rather deliberately, I suspect, for discre- tion’s sake.

A Messenger of Heaven. Season by season her changes change her changes endlessly, and those whose turn has come press on her so, she must be swift by hard necessity. With her shall I leave you, for the King of Time, who reigns on high, forbids me to come there since, living, I rebelled against his law.

To reassure himself or to know the worst, perhaps he longs to ask Virgil whether or not he really knows the way. Set up a giveaway. Wait here and feed your soul while I am gone on comfort and good hope; I will not leave you to wander in this underworld alone.

And do you see the broken surfaces of those water-holes on every hand, boiling as if in pain?

Excepting those shades in the lowest depths of Hell whose sins are so shameful that they wish only to be forgot- ten, all of the damned are eager to be remembered on earth. U was the effete mid: There, steering toward us in an ancient ferry came an old man with a white bush of hair, 80 bellowing: Fiction Fiction Classics Category: We know even less of the remaining nineteen years except that they were spent largely with a series of patrons in various courts of Italy.


Their souls, moreover, have become so dimmed and awry in their fruitless rages that there is no hope of recognizing any among them. Moreover, in Dante’s system, to deny God is the begin- ning of Violence, Bestiality, and Fraud; and it is these sins which are punished below.

The Inferno

Within the city walls lies all the Lower Hell; within it fire is used for the first time as a torment of the damned; and at its very center Satan himself stands fixed forever in a great ice cap. There with a solemn and majestic poise stood many people gathered in the light, speaking infrequently and with muted voice.

I highly recommend this translation of Dante’s Inferno. The Poets now enter the gate unopposed and find them- selves in the Sixth Circle. This is the highest state man can achieve with- out God, and the glory of it dazzles Dante, but he knows also that it is nothing compared to the glory of God. It is I, Beatrice, who send you to him.

We must go deeper into greater pain, for it is not permitted that we stay. I cannot encourage you strongly enough to get this book. Merit and self- awareness of merit may well be a higher thing than modesty.

There, suddenly, we came on Plutus, the great enemy. There later came the chosen vessel, Paul, bearing the confirmation of that Faith which is the one true door to life eternal.