The Divine Comedy (The Divine Comedy #1-3)
The Divine Comedy (Italian: Commedia, later christened "Divina" by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative and allegorical vision of the Christian afterlife is a culmination of the...more
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- Niels Bohr
I was thinking about Dante the other day and wondering how one could approach him from the angle of a GoodReads review. One of the obvious problems is that he lived a long time ago, and many of the cultural referents have changed. You're constantly having to think "Well, nowadays what he's saying would correspond to THAT". It isn't so bad in Hell, when there is plent ...more
THE DARING, somewhat COMIC, and also DIVINE, INVENTIO
It is very difficult not to be lured by the highly intelligent craft of Durante degli Aliguieri (DA). And may be it is not a coincidence that he was the exact contemporary of Giotto, his fellow Florentine. For if Giotto planted the seed for a pictorial representation of the world in which man, at the center, and through a window, delivers to us a naturalistic depiction of divine stories, Dante also used his writing to posit himself as the Auth ...more
I've always been curious about this book, in a pedestrian sort of manner. I’m not a self-stylized intellectual or an academic, and I’ve never had to study this book for college or for a project or anything of the sort. I approached this wit ...more
(sung to the tune of "Minnie The Moocher")
Folks, here´s a story about Winnie the Pooh-cher
He was a chubby Pooh-chie-koocher
He was fat and loved his honey
but he was sweet and his heart was sunny
He met a dude whose name was Virgil
who hung around in hellish circles.
He took the bear to hell for a match
where he planned to kick Pooh's ass.
Pooh saw ...more
I could review the edition and translator, though I have nothing else to compare them against. Ciardi's notes at the end of each canto are always illuminating, sometimes funny and occasionally self-deprecating. I chuckled at his humor (sharing those particular notes with my husband) and was appreciative of Ciardi's honesty whenever he used a rhyme-forced addition, as well as the instance or two when he ask ...more
Gabriel, Michael and Raphael
Dear Mr. O'Brien,
Thank you for your response to our recent tender. After due deliberation, we must regretfully inform you that we have decided not to implement your interesting plan for restructuring and downsizing the afterlife.
Our accounting department confirms your statement that it would be more cost-effective only to retain Hell and wind up operations in Purg ...more
the Inferno is Hieronymus Bosch with words
A few caveats to this review: I am not a theologian, philosopher, medieval historian, Dante expert, nor astrologist. I am, however, a reader who wants to read "all of teh books" and I appreciate vivid imagery and interesting human interactions in fiction. I tackled the recent Clive James version of Dante's Divine Comedy--no footnotes or canto introductions here--because I just wanted to let the story wash over ...more
I’ve always loved reading. In English class, whenever we started a new unit, I was thrilled. Because that meant we were going to read a new book. Never mind that the books were pretty much guaranteed to suck ass, the allure of an unread text is just too much for me.
Inferno was no disappointment, even then. This poetic vision of Hell ha ...more
I was fascinated with Inferno as a teenager and between Dante Alighieri and Robert Smith/Rimbaud it is, frankly, nothing short of a miracle that I didn't put enough reasons together to wind-up as a fleshy tree with harpies perched in my branches somewhere in the lower circles of hell--if ...more
While personally I found Dante's travel's through Hell occasionally difficult, the Purgatorio and Paradiso (except for the first few scholarly cantos) flowed with beautiful poetry. And through it all, Da ...more
I particularly enjoyed the discussion of the structure of the Commedia as a cathedral.
I shall read Dante's text in a different edition.
And I have about at least two more introductions from other editions.
*More doggerel than verse, but for what it's worth...
Into a dark and gloomy wood
Strolled the little bear and his friends.
They found a cave and by it stood
And wondered if it did descend
To hell or rise to paradise.
Would this match see them sacrificed?
The circles had been so designed
To damn the souls who lived in sin.
And each were thus to zones consigned
To suffer punishment wit ...more
I should give a quick intro and say that I rarely EVER, EVER re-read a book. I should also mention that 3 years ago I had never cracked Dante's Divine Comedy. Now, I am finishing the Divine Comedy for the 3rd time. I've read Pinsky's translation of the Inferno. I've read Ciardi. I've flirted with Mandelbaum and danced with Hollander, but from Canto 1 of Inferno/Hell to Canto XXXIII of Paradiso/Heaven, I can't say I've read a better version than the Clive Jam ...more
At the mid-point of the path through life, I found
Myself lost in a wood so dark, the way
Ahead was blotted out. The keening sound
I still make shows how hard it is to say
How harsh and bitter that place felt to me—
Merely to think of it renews the fear—
So bad that death by only a degree
Could possibly be worse. As you shall hear,
It led to good things too, eventually,
But there and then I saw no sign of those,
And can’t say even now how I had come
To be there, stunned a ...more
The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh versus The Divine Comedy
Cue aerial shot of two women walking in a green leafy park. One shouts up to the camera that appears to be hovering about fifteen feet above her head
SUE: Hello Ladies and Gentlemen! And welcome to the grand final of The Great British Bake-off!
Camera swoops down to eye-level. We see these two:
MEL: Yes, the Great British Bake-off has taken us on an incredible journey over the past eight ...more
Obra literária do sec XIV e uma das mais famosas da história da literatura .Há cerca de setecentos anos que é publicado sucessivamente, o que faz deste, um dos livros mais lidos de sempre.
Dividido em três partes, a Divina Comédia é composta pelo Inferno, Purgatório e Paraíso, e relata a viagem imaginária de Dante feita através dos mesmos.
De leitura bastante difícil - o livro foi escrito por volta de 1200/1300, numa linguagem que viria mais tard ...more
Dante's magnus opus exceeds my weak grasp to illuminate. If you are part of the Western world, you have been colored by this book, whether you have read it or not. So many authors have drawn upon the imagery from Dante's work, and used so many ideas from him. Not to mention how Dante took poetry to new heights and new places, using common tongue from his part of Italy instead Latin, he weaves in the poet ...more
Psychological development of subjects in literature is far from the exclusive technique of the novel because authors like Dante were exploring it long before Cervantes. Though the Divine Comedy is a didactic poem, composed between 1308-1320, perhaps most recognized for Dante's creation of mortal terror as ...more
Blake Ritson, David Warner and John Hurt star in Stephen Wyatt's dramatisation of Dante's epic poem - the story of one man's incredible journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.
Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.
In Episode 1: Inferno, the thirty-five year old Dante (Blake Ritson) finds himself in the middle of a dark wood, in extreme personal and spiritual crisis. But hope of rescue appears i ...more
Big Brother: Where are we now O'Brien? I remember giving the order to launch missiles against East Asia, or was it Madagascar?
O'Brien: Oceania is at War with East Asia, Oceania has always been at war with East Asia
Big Brother: Don't be such a toady. Shut up! What's it say on the door here:
per me si va ne la citta dolente...
I guess I shouldn't have banned Italian all those years ago.
per me se va ne l'etterno dolore
O'Brien: 2+2=5. A boot stomping on a hum ...more
I'm finished. Hallelujah!
All in all, I liked this work. I don't pretend or assume that I "got" it. There's a lot that went zinging over my head but I got enough to get the gist of it, and I'm happy with that.
There is beauty and thought in every Canto, from Inferno to Paradise. The amount of thought that Dante must have put into this idea and the amount of organizing it must have required to fix the hierarchies and levels must have been astounding and t ...more
Went back to Hell. Had to finish.
Encased in medieval symbolism and topical references is a whole lot of eternal truth.
I found it fairly easy to plug in modern sinners of each type.
Political corruption, sexual incontinence, deceitful clergy, nothing new under the sun.
For some reason I found this not only validating but reassuring in a strange way.
We are so time-bound, thinking that civilization is in decline and nothing
has ever been this bad before. ...more
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|Divine Comedy + D...: Art in and Inspired by the Commedia||76||74||Jul 15, 2014 09:43PM|
|Divine Comedy + D...: Translations: The Divine Comedy||86||250||Jun 05, 2014 12:35PM|
|Catholicism vs Greek Mythology||16||187||May 19, 2014 10:58AM|
|Divine Comedy + D...: * 24 Feb. to 02 March: Inferno XXII-XXVIII||46||56||May 15, 2014 03:41AM|
|Divine Comedy + D...: * 05-11 May: Paradiso XXII-XXVIII||26||22||May 13, 2014 10:13PM|
|Divine Comedy + D...: * 28 April to 04 May: Paradiso XV-XXI||16||16||May 05, 2014 05:56AM|