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The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
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Aug 05, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, horror, favorites

Repulsive, Horrifying, Beautiful. Dante's lyrical verses circle on an on just as the reader descends into the abyss of Hell along with him. The descriptions of what's found at every new stage are enough to make you flinch at the thought of "How could it possibly get more cruel than this!?". Each grotesque scene is at once fully conceived in our imagination, even before we can beg our minds to forget we read it. It is shocking, loathsome~ everything a person would chose to ignore about an eminent doom we fear may be the reality. It's easy to place yourself among one of the classifications of eternal sufferers, as each specific class is introduced. The thought will open your eyes and ignite a fear even in the most apathetic of hearts. I read this during a long train ride, with an ever-growing grimace as I went. I love this poem.

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