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The Divine Comedy, III. Paradiso, Vol. III. Part 1: 1: Italian Text and Translation; 2: Commentary (La Divina Commedia #3)

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Continuing the paperback edition of Charles S. Singleton's translation of "The Divine Comedy," this work provides the English-speaking reader with everything he needs to read and understand the "Paradiso." This volume consists of the prose translation of Giorgio Petrocchi's Italian text (which faces the translation on each page); its companion volume of commentary is a mas
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Princeton University Press (first published 1320)
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Mar 24, 2011 William1 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm only reading the poems, and the preceding brief clarifying outlines, this first time through. I find the long critical sections to be almost wholly poem killing. I am not a Christian, so my view is literary and anthropological. All literature for me, the compelling stuff, delineates a lost or wholly imagined world or parallel sphere. (J.G. Ballard's off-beat work comes to mind.) The Divine Comedy wonderfully creates just such an imagined existence. It is, in fact, a dystopia, very ancient an ...more
"What little I recall is to be told,
from this point on, in words more weak than those
of one whose infant tongue still bathes at the breast." Canto XXXIII

Note: When your eyes glaze over at any point while reading this review, simply skip ahead to the solid line __________.

Dante wrote his 'Divine Comedy' as a didactic poem. He wanted to teach his fellow citizens about what could await them after death - Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso. He also wanted to teach a lesson in Faith and Morals. He wrote
حال آن کس را دارم که چیزی را به رؤیا دیده و چون بیدار شود، لذت آن هنوز باقی است، اما رؤیا را به یاد نتواند آورد. زیرا که مکاشفه ی من از خاطرم رفته است، اما لذتی که از این بابت بردم هنوز در دلم باقی است.

دانته به یاری روح معشوقش، «بئاتریس»، به نقطه ی پایانی عزیمت خود می رسد: بهشت آسمانی.ارواح بهشتی، بر خلاف ارواح دوزخی و برزخی، صورت مادی واضحی ندارند و به تجرّد نزدیک ترند.
در نهایت این سفر، دانته به کهکشان فرشتگان و بهشتیانی که به دور نقطه ی نورانی الهی می چرخند می رسد و با یاری آن ها، به ذات الهی
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My propositions are elucidatory in this way: he who understands me finally recognizes them as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them. (He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it.) He must surmount these propositions; then he sees the world rightly.

- Ludwig Wittgenstein
One by one, all the other animals had left the Grea
May 26, 2014 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Infinite order rules in this domain.
Mere accidence can no more enter in
than hunger can, or thirst, or grief, or pain.”

“Now comes this man who from the final pit
of the universe up to this height has seen,
one by one, the three lives of the spirit.”

I have been reviewing each canto separately, but that is not how the poem was constructed. Dante planned his timeless masterpiece to the last detail, leaving nothing to chance or improvization. His supreme deity is one of order and meaning, and only
Sidharth Vardhan
As much as you have to admire Dante for his knowledge spanning over so many fields - philosophy, cosmology, history, theology, mythology, poets, politics, whatever is the word for the science of torture (Dante should be called father of that science), about local crimes etc - one can see why Borges considered it the best thing ever written; still I didn't particularly like Paradiso. It is mostly saintly souls in large groups moving in different shapes. And despite all those souls telling us ever ...more
Riku Sayuj
Paradise: Too bright and too noisy. Not my choice for a good retirement spot.
I have decided to settle for the Earthly Paradise atop Purgatory, with its meadows, light music and pleasant breeze. Seems like the best long term investment at the end of this cosmic tour.
May 14, 2008 Shawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something about this passage gets me. I always come back to it. Sad and beautiful. Dante asks a woman in the lowest rung of Paradise - the moon - if she doesn't hanker to go higher:

"A smile at this
Lightened her eyes, and those who crowded near
Smiled with her. Then she spoke, and all the bliss
Of Love's first flame, it seemed, was hers to sing,
She was so joyous in her answering.

"Brother, the quality of our Love doth still
The impulse of rebellion; all our will
Being God's only. Here we rest content
Sura  ✿
Oct 17, 2015 Sura ✿ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ليست بجودة الجحيم , و بعد قراءة الاف الابيات ذات النمط المتشابه الى حد ما شعرت بالملل .

"يحدث غالباً ايها الاخ , أن يجبر المرء
لكي يتفادى خطأً ما
على فعل شيء كان ينبغي أن لا يقوم به "
Alp Turgut
Eleştiri oklarını Papalık Devleti'nin dini sömüren yönetim şekline çeken "İlahi Komedya"nın son bölümü "Paradiso / Cennet", Dante'nin "Laiklik" düşüncesini ön plana çıkararak yazarın Tanrı'ya ulaşma yolculuğundaki son kısmı okuyucuyla buluşturuyor. Yazarın kendine hayran bırakan dili ve tanımlamalarını okumaya devam ettiğimiz eserin alt metninde ise sevgi var. Zaten Dante'nin Cennet'in dokuz atmosferinde dolaştığı eserde bu sefer ona eşlik eden kişi de "Araf"ın sonunda ortaya çıkan birici aşkı B ...more
Jun 20, 2011 Hend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الشاعر الايطالى دانتى يذهب فى رحله الى الدار الاخره حيث الجحيم والمطهر والفردوس الكتاب ملىء بالصور الخياليه الرائعه والعبارات الملفته منها ماكتب على باب الجحيم (يامن تدخلوا هذا الباب اطرحوا عنكم أى أمل)وغيرها
Vane J.
That's that. It's over. And it all ended with God.

In Paradiso, Dante's journey is continued and brought to an end. Now, Dante's guide is no longer Virgilius (he stopped guiding him almost at the end of Purgatorio), but by Beatrice, who was introduced (by mention) in Inferno. In this one, just as in the previous one, Dante meets important figures, the difference being that in Paradiso they are mostly saints.

The Paradiso has also a structure, just this time, its division is according to virtues, a
ایمان، جوهر هر آن امیدیست که هست
و برهانِ هر آن چیزی که نمیبینیم
این همان ذات ایمان است که در من جاریست.

سخن گفتن انسان امری است طبیعی
اما اینکه بدین شیوه یا آن شیوه سخن بگویید
طبیعت به خودتان واگذارده تا بهترین آن را برگزینید.

رسم آدمیان همچون برگ درختان است
کز شاخه ها فرو می ریزند تا دیگری سبز شود.
Laurel Hicks
Beautiful! I need to read it a few more times to really own it, though. It is filled with music and smiles and light.
Jun 14, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 08, 2015 Melora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit I was relieved to reach the end of this one. There were some really Great parts, and I Loved the last canto, but... it dragged more than a bit in the middle. More than I needed to know about the arrangement of the planets and the orders of the angels, and Way more than I needed to hear about how Fabulously beautiful Beatrice is. I understand that she spends most of her time being allegorical, but still. Her heart is clearly in the right place, but she is a terrible nag. Even so, there ...more
Julie Davis
Jan 23, 2016 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This time through I was much more engaged in Paradiso than the first time I read it. Perhaps it is because of the commentaries I'd read ahead to prepare myself. Perhaps it is simply because the second time I was readier for this part of the journey.

Whatever the reason, I found myself very moved by the Empyrean (the celestial rose formed by Mary and the saints as they gaze on the face of God, with angels fluttering back and forth like bees) and the rainbow spheres of the Holy Trinity with the fig
محمد    فؤاد
Apr 20, 2011 محمد فؤاد rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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ثلاثيه دانتي ذو الاصل الايطالي:
وهي الجحيم ,المطهر, والفردوس.,
التأثر بكتاب ابي علاء المعري ,رساله الغفران واضح تماما في الكثير من الصور الغريبه عن الثقافه اللاتينيه.,والفكره في حد ذاته هي تصور اصيل لمراحل البعث والحشر والصراط والجنه والنار.,الكتاب ذو لغه شعريه نثريه صعبه الهضم ربما لانها مترجمه عن لغه اخري وسبب اخر هي قدم زمن الكتابه (1308) م
., الانسياب الشعري والصور الخياليه افضل ميزه للكتاب والافكار مستوحاه من الاساطير اليونانيه والاغريقيع القديمه واشخاص تقابلهم في الكتاب هم ابطال في كتب الال
Jan 04, 2009 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished my slow reading of the Paradiso on the last day of the year, which somehow seems appropriate. The Hollander translation seems excellent, and the notes, while far too detailed in their summary of all earlier commentaries, pretty much answer most of my questions. Now to go back to the Inferno and start my repeated rereading of the Commedia, this time in this translation. Somehow I remain convinced that if I just read it one more time, I'll understand everything, if only for 15 minutes.
sarah massoni
May 20, 2007 sarah massoni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thinkers, poets, armchair philosophers
this book is incredibly intimidating. but after reading the vita nuova and the other two books in the divine comedy, paradiso is literally the coup de grace, in the most beautiful and beatific way possible.
Jul 02, 2010 Felonious rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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The Paradiso is the last volume of Dante's Divine Comedy (which includes The Inferno, The Purgatorio and The Paradiso). The Divine Comedy was written between 1308 and 1320. The Paradiso is Dante's ascent through heaven. Dante's vision of heaven (and God) is so poetically beautiful and well done that much of today's Christian belief is steeped in The Paradiso. In fact all the volumes of The Divine Comedy lends some basis for the Christian beliefs of the afterlife.

Like the first 2 volumes Dante us
Ahmad Sharabiani
سرود اول بهشت
جلال ِ آن کس که گرداننده ی همه چیز است، سرتاسر جهان آفرینش را به فرمان خویش دارد. ولی در اینجا (آسمان) بیشتر، و در جاهای دیگر کمتر متجلی است. بدان آسمانی رفتم، که بیش از هر آسمان دگر از فروغ او بهره مند است، و چیزهایی را دیدم، که آن کس که از آن بالا فرود آمده باشد، نه میداند و نه میتواند باز گفت. زیرا که حس ادراک ما، با نزدیکی به مایه ی اشتیاق خود، چنان مجذوب میشود، که حافظه ی ما را یارای همراهی با آن نمیماند. با این همه، آنچه را که از قلمرو مقدس (بهشت) در گنجینه ی اندیشه، جای توانس
Emad Attili
Oct 18, 2016 Emad Attili rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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هذا الجزء لمس جانباً صوفياً عندي،
خاصة في خاتمته. في مشهد رؤية الله.

لا أدري إن كنت سأعتبره أجمل الأجزاء الثلاثة. لكنني أظن أن الأجزاء كانت متقاربة جمالياً من بعضها البعض مما يجعل الحكم صعباً.
Sheridan G.
There were some interesting topics discussed. It contradicted itself a few times, which was a bit confusing. Very religious (obviously seeing as it's a book about heaven) and very philosophical.
Mar 15, 2014 Scot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually read the version annotated by Walt Whitman which meant that the notes were just as fascinating as the text. Of the three parts of the Divine Comedy (Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso), I found this one the most dense and difficult to penetrate and therefore was my least favorite of the three. I am not sure what that says about me. Part of the change in feeling for it was the shift from Virgil to Dante's fantasy woman as guide - Beatrice. This felt like as much an ode to her as it was t ...more
C. Maria
This is the third and final part of Dante's Divine Comedy, following the Inferno and the Purgatorio. It is Dante's journey through Heaven, guided by Beatrice.

The Spheres of Heaven
First Sphere (The Moon: The Inconstant)
Second Sphere (Mercury: The Ambitious)
Third Sphere (Venus: The Lovers)
Fourth Sphere (The Sun: The Wise)
Fifth Sphere (Mars: The Warriors of the Faith)
Sixth Sphere (Jupiter: The Just Rulers)
Seventh Sphere (Saturn: The Contemplatives)
Eighth Sphere (The Fixed Stars: Faith, Hope, and Lo
Azar Hoseininejad
سرود چهارم
اگر خاموش ماندم، خویش را از این بابت نه ملامتی می کنم و نه می ستایم، زیرا که در آن حال در میان دو تردید سرگردان بودم و بدین الزام داشتم.

زیرا که آن اراده ای که پایدار است، سر فرود نمی آورد، و اگر هم هزار بار دست تعدی و اعمال زور به زانو در آید، باز آنچنان کند که آتش به مقتضای طبیعت خویش می کند.
سرود هفدهم
درباره ی آینده ی من سخنانی سخت به من گفته شد، هرپند که من خویش را همچون هرمی در برابر ضربت های تقدیر استوار می یابم.
لاجرم شوق من وقتی ارضاء خواهد شد که بدانم چه سرنوشتی در انتظار من
How I feel about Dante's Divine Comedy can only be summed up through a quote from the last canto:

Oh quanto è corto il dire e come fioco
al mio concetto! e questo, a quel ch'i' vidi,
è tanto, che non basta a dicer "poco."

Or, translated by Allen Mandelbaum:

How incomplete is speech, how weak, when set
against my thought! And this, to what I saw
is such–to call it little is too much.
Gamze Aydın
Feb 01, 2016 Gamze Aydın rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"En sevdiğin ne varsa hepsini bırakacaksın;
bunun,gurbet yayının attığı ilk ok olduğunu anlayacaksın.
Başkasının ekmeğinin ne denli tuzlu,
başkasının merdiveninden çıkmanın
ne denli zor olduğunu göreceksin." Cennet XVII
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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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