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The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Purgatorio (La Divina Commedia #2)

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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 proper language for dignified verse, Dante wrote his COMEDY in colloquial Italian, wanting it to be a poem for the common reader.
Paperback, Bantam Classic, 211 pages
Published April 1988 by Bantam (first published 1320)
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This is a great book, but does require the notes to make any sense of it. Hundreds of characters from Danté's Italy not to mention host of mythological and Biblical ones tended to distract me just reading the poetry and appreciating Dante's wonderful descriptions. I have to stop at the end of each chapter and read the notes to understand the context and people that Dante is referring to. I agree that it would be impossible to ever write this book without references to contemporary politics and s ...more
In The Inferno, Dante used his many skills of philosophical and theological argument, poetry, knowledge of the classics and the Christian Church to both show his readers the punishments that await them if they do not change their ways, but, also, to carry forth his own political and personal polemics.

Here, in Purgatorio, he shows himself to be of even greater genius. I was expecting to encounter those who, despite their good intentions, have found themselves suffering great penance for their si
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Les Trois Mousquetaires (31) versus The Divine Comedy (26)

- Welcome to Purgatory. Name, please?

- Ah, D'Artagnan. I think there might have been some kind of...

- We'll deal with that in a moment. Could we just start by taking care of the Deadly Sins paperwork?

- Um...

- Thank you. Number one, Pride. Any offences?

- Look, obviously I'm pretty damn cool, but, you know...

- Pride, tick. Please pick up a stone on your way out, I think you'll want an L. Num
Mar 17, 2014 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For better waters now the little bark
of my indwelling powers raises her sails,
and leaves behind that sea so cruel and dark.

Now shall I sing that second kingdom given
the soul of man wherein to purge its guilt
and so grow worthy to ascend to Heaven.

If the arhitecture of Inferno was a giant funnel with ever receding terraces hosting the souls of the eternally damned in a carefully orchestrated arrangement of crime and its alloted punishment, Purgatory turns out to be its mirror image above ground:
Ahmed Ibrahim
" آه شتان بين هذه المداخل
ومداخل الجحيم، منها يدخل المرء
وسط الأناشيد، وهناك خلل وحشيّ الصراخ "

المطهر، الجزء الثاني من الكوميديا الإلهية وهي كما وصفها دانتي في الأنشودة السابعة والعشرين على لسان فرجيليو بأنها النار الزمنية.. يعبر فيها دانتي بصحبة فرجيليو حيث الأرض التي يتطهرون فيها من خطاياهم حتى يكونوا مستعدين للصعود للسماء.

في بداية دخولهم من البوابة سيخط الحارس سبع ندب على جبين دانتي، وبعد أن يعبر من كل إفريز تمحى ندبة فيخف من حمل دانتي، والسبع ندت تعبر عن الخطايا السبعة وهم: الكبر، الحسد، الغض
Sura  ✿
Oct 17, 2015 Sura ✿ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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المطهر هي المنطقة الوسطى بين الجحيم والنعيم حسب رؤية دانتي
وفيها تشرق الشمس وتغيب , اي انه يوجد نهار وليل , يستأنف دانتي رحلته التماسا لضوء النهار ويتوقف ليلا, يتعب وينام وهكذا .
وهي مخصصة للكسالى , الاشخاص الذين لم تتح لهم فرصة التوبة الا في اللحظات الاخيرة , المتغطرسين , الامراء المقصرين في واجباتهم , البخلاء والمبذرين , النهمين , المنقادين خلف شهوات الجسد ,
وهي تقع في ثلاث وثلاثين انشودة

شعرت ببعض الملل , فهي ليست بجودة الجحيم ولكنها غنية بقصص الاساطير وماكان سائدا من افكار علمية وفلسلفيه انذاك
در مزرع وجود شما، عشق بذر هر خوبی است، و نیز بذر هر بدی.

دانته، در ادامه ی سفر خویش از دوزخ به بهشت، به برزخ می رسد. جایی که بنا بر الهیات مسیحی، بر خلاف دوزخ که عذاب ابدی است، گناهکاران پس از گذراندن دوره ی عذاب، پاک می شوند و به بهشت راه می یابند.
در یکی از طبقات برزخ (طبقه ی نفس پرستی) دانته نیز باید عذاب شود تا تطهیر گردد و بتواند به بهشت برسد. پس وارد گدازه هایی می شود که کوره ی شیشه پزان در مقابلش خنک می نماید.
آن گاه به بهشت زمینی می رسد و برای نخستین بار معشوقش "بئاتریس" را می بیند و
David Lafferty
Feb 05, 2013 David Lafferty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"…like people going to visit a great city like Paris and only spending a few days in the sewers…" ...Dorothy Sayers on only reading Inferno and stopping there

Purgatorio is my favorite book of the Divine Comedy. While Inferno is the most popular and arguably the most accessible to the new reader of Dante, it ultimately is a book of despair and hopelessness. I spent a couple of years immersed in Inferno while writing a book on the poem and discovered it was beginning to have a subtle depressing e
Alp Turgut
"Kitabı Mukaddes" göndermelerinin iyice ağırlaştığı "İlahi Komedya"nın ikinci bölümü "Purgatori / Araf", "Cehennem"in bir tık altında da olsa Dante'nin ilk bölümdeki şovuna devam ettiği bir eser olarak göze çarpıyor. Yazarın aynı "Cehennem"de olduğu gibi "Araf"ın da seviyelerini dolaştığı eserde bu sefer yedi ölümcül günahtan (Kibir, Açgözlülük, Şehvet düşkünlüğü, Kıskançlık, Oburluk, Öfke ve Tembellik) arınma sürecindekilerin çektiklerini okuma şansı buluyoruz. Bunu yaparken başta Floransa olma ...more
Caroline Gurgel
Penoso, mas valioso.

A Divina Comédia entrou para minha meta de leitura desse ano como um desafio e o quanto passei a gostar da obra foi uma grata surpresa. Fiz algumas pesquisas antes de iniciar o primeiro livro e coloquei alguns pontos que achei interessantes no post sobre Inferno no blog. Para os leigos em Dante, como eu, a “ajuda” é imprescindível para uma melhor compreensão do texto.

A leitura de Inferno foi um pouco difícil, mas não tanto quanto a do Purgatório. O segundo livro requer muito
Julie Davis
Dec 08, 2015 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Julie is stuck with the Wrathful. Can't see a thing. Which is unfortunate because Scott is no help at all, as he is prostrate with the Ava- the Avarish- er, the greedy. Virgil is still around here somewhere. A Good Story is Hard to Find, Episode 137: Purgatorio by Dante.

Original comments below.


Imagine my horror when, upon finishing Esolen's translation of Inferno, I discovered the library didn't have Purgatory. Inferno - yes. Paradise - yes. That middle part? Their theory seems to be
Jul 30, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite canticle of the Divina Commedia. Sure, it's not as thrilling or fascinatingly grotesque (/grotesquely fascinating) as the Inferno, but the literary images are breathtakingly beautiful, not to mention extremely powerful. As a modern reader, it's hard not to be moved by Dante's poetry, even 7 centuries later, a fact that attests to the immortality of the work. Those who are unfamiliar with Dante and/or Italian Literature and stop reading the Commedia after the Inferno are missi ...more
Justin Evans
Jun 14, 2011 Justin Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-and-drama
There are two kinds of people who read Dante. The first kind gets all excited about people stuck head down in piles of shit, and wishes that the adulterers and libertines could just keep on doing what they did in the real world, because it's so romantic. The second kind gets all excited about griffins pulling chariots, the relationship between the political and the religious, and the neoplatonic ascent from beautiful woman to Beauty and God. I am the second kind; I can see the pull of the first ...more
CDM REVIEW - FINAL: Pooh v Inferno

Virgil points out to Pooh where Mary Poppins and Mrs B hang out nowadays - all the rocks were gleamingly clean. ZING The clink of gin bottles with the cackles of laughter indicate a good time was being had by all. Yes, it is a party atomosphere since the Beatles taught the Cavern how to ::Fab:Four:A:Go:Go::

A glimpse through a cavern entrance shows Ophelia trying to confiscate the knitting needles away from Lady M when her back is turned.

Virgil, in his rather sna
Lolita Bni Hasan
Jul 07, 2015 Lolita Bni Hasan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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رائعة جداً رغم اعجابي بجزء الجحيم اكثر
Mar 02, 2009 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm apparently reading the Divine Comedy backwards this time, since I finished the Paradiso on Dec 31, and then read this one for our church faith exploration book club. This is probably the edition I would recommend to anybody trying the Comedy--the notes are thorough (maybe too thorough) and usually to the point. Hollander does not suffer fools gladly, though, and his dismissal of other scholars can be a bit abrupt. The translation is sometimes quite wonderful, and as far as I can tell, accura ...more
Kristine Morris
If Dante knew how hard it would be for modern readers to interpret his Commedia, he would have invoked a beautitude of Jesus sung by the angels just for us...."blessed are those who persevere reading Purgatorio...."

Purgatorio is way more complex and interesting than the Inferno - but it requires a lot more effort to read it. I am glad to be done. I will admit that I had help from The Teaching Company DVDs on Dante's Commedia. I almost feel like I should start it all over again without allowing
Zach Pickens
Mar 22, 2012 Zach Pickens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After trekking through the depths of hell, Dante, led by his guide and literary father Virgil, ascends the seven storied mountain of purgatory. Like hell, the souls’ torments fit the sins that engaged them in life, but unlike hell, the shades are not so much punished as they are purging themselves of the capital sins. Virgil and Dante reach the pinnacle of the mountain, the Garden of Eden, where Virgil departs leaving Dante with his next guide, Dante’s great love, Beatrice.
A few thoughts:
Ah! Purgatory! The place where even your normal human thoughts are crimes punishable by torture.

I know I said the concept of Hell was weird, but Purgatory's even weirder.

Me: God, I'm sorry. I promise.
God: Well... Sigh. I suppose I'll forgive you. But, listen. Would you mind if I lock you up in a dungeon and torture you for a few centuries before inviting you over to my place? I just want to make sure you're really, really sorry.
Me: ...
God: I promise, you'll enjoy it! It's a MUCH nicer dungeon t
Vane J.
Feb 03, 2015 Vane J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry, 2015
My journey continues with Purgatorio. Now that I've finally gotten out of Hell, I come to the place where all the sinners who repented before they died are.

Before knowing where I am, I feel uneasiness. "I'm lost", I thought. Gratefully, my sorrow does not last longer, for I found my Guide. We are in Purgatorio. As its name says, and as I said before, this is the place for paying off mischiefs done. I somehow fear it, because, you know, I am no saint!

Okay, enough poetry. Now I'll tell you how Pur
Ahmad Sharabiani
عقاب سمبل برزخ، مظهر صعود به طرف آسمان و خورشید
سرود اول برزخ
اکنون زورق اندیشه ی من، که دریایی چنین آشفته را در پشت سر نهاده، بادبان برداشته است، تا در روی امواجی نکوتر به راه خود رود. و اینک من، در باره ی این قلمرو دومین، نغمه ساز خواهم کرد. که در آن روح آدمی تصفیه میشود، و شایستگی صعود به آسمان را پیدا میکند. ای پریان مقدس سرود، مرده را بگوئید تا زندگی از سر گیرد. زیرا اینک من در اختیار شمایم، و «کالیوپه» را بگویید که دمی روی در اینجا بنماید. تا نغمه ی مرا با نوای خوش خویش که «پیکا»های نگون بخت
Sep 02, 2008 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sinful sinning sinnners and poetry lovers
This is probably better written than the more popular Inferno, and, though less intriguing/exciting than the obviously dark Inferno, Purgatorio exhibits wonderful writings addressing love, sin, and philosophies of existence. Also included are the seven corresponding levels on purgatory mountain to those levels in hell and the sins to be purged also reflect those exemplars in hell. The difference being that in purgatory, one has a chance at salvation and entrance to paradise (in hell, one has cho ...more
Jul 13, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An enthralling allegory of sin, redemption, and the ultimate enlightenment. The sweet, tragic story is of a language long dead and gone, but true poetry that tears the heart and singes the soul. Shakespeare is the language of love, while Dante is the extreme in dealing with death.
Emad Attili

ربما أعجبني هذا الجزء أكثر من الجزء الأول "الجحيم"،
رغم شهرة الأول واعتباره أجمل الأجزاء الثلاثة.

أحسسته أبسط وأقرب للواقع، ويطرح قضايا تهم الإنسان فعلاً.
أيضاً أعجبتني الحكمة فيه.

Jan 29, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The moment Beatrice's smile was unveiled I realized where Lewis got his "surprised by joy." Such a beautifully written poem.
Laurel Hicks
Beautiful and ingenious. There is much more light and lightness here than in Inferno. And music!
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 27, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Good Reading
This is the second part of Dante's Divine Comedy. The first took us through Hell, and this part takes us through Purgatory--the realm where Catholics believe those souls not saints spend time purging their sins before entering Heaven. And that's the key difference: Hope. Dante famously has the gateway into Hell read "Abandon All Hope." The punishments in Hell are purposeless and its denizens are without hope they'll ever see an end. So Purgatory is less dark, less grotesque, and alas, less memor ...more
Jun 14, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In "Inferno", Dante began a spiritual odyssey, accompanied by the ancient Roman poet Virgil, which led them through the horrors of Hell and ended with a cliffhanger of sorts; Dante and Virgil climbing down through the frozen lake of Cocytus to reach the center of the earth. From there, they must turn around and begin climbing up a passage that leads back to the surface. Having surveyed the landscape of Hell and witnessed firsthand the results of unrepentant sin, and having learned much about the ...more
Sidharth Vardhan

“Ah me! how different are these entrances
From the Infernal! for with anthems here
One enters, and below with wild laments”

Purgatorio isn’t half as interesting as Inferno. It is a bit like shower children have to take after being beaten for having spoiled their clothes in mud and before they can have their food. And so it neither is punishment (Inferno) which is at least reminiscent of joy contained in playing with mud (sin), nor offers the benefits of paradise (delicious food).

To be honest,
Christian Scala
Stare qui a provare a cucire addosso le stelline al Sommo Poeta, mi sembra quasi un'eresia e non vorrei ritrovarmi per questo in uno dei suoi gironi.

Mi sembra poi impossibile dire qualcosa che non sia già stato detto chissà quante volte, in tutte le forme e soprattutto da persone molto più competenti di me.

Dante Alighieri, uomo di immensa cultura, di elevatissima intelligenza e cuore appassionato., credo sia l'unico autore oltre a William Shakespeare a non aver bisogno di alcun commento. E' un
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Dante Alighieri, or simply Dante (May 14/June 13 1265 – September 13/14, 1321), is one of the greatest poets in the Italian language; with the comic story-teller Boccaccio and the poet Petrarch, he forms the classic trio of Italian authors. Dante Alighieri was born in the city-state Florence in 1265. He first saw the woman, or rather the child, who was to become the poetic love of his life when he ...more
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“Thus you may understand that love alone
is the true seed of every merit in you,
and of all acts for which you must atone.”
“Now you know how much my love for you
burns deep in me
when I forget about our emptiness,
and deal with shadows as with solid things.”
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