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Merwin's Purgatorio best translation
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Mar 21, 2009 08:11AM
Good to have Musa's and Hollander/Hollander in hand for notes on history/politics, religion/theology, philosophy, and language, but WSM translation makes it readable, erotic, exciting, and believable without all the academic trappings & worries; great intro... CX Dillhunt
Apr 15, 2012 01:51AM
Unfortunately however, it doesn't sound anything like Dante's own Purgatorio.
Feb 15, 2013 11:01AM
I don't know if there is an English translation of Purgatorio that captures Dante's style. For Inferno, we have Pinsky. But we don't really have anyone for Purgatorio. Given the choices, Merwin's may be the best. However, this doesn't mean that it is true to Dante. Just the best of what is around. I have another translation that was harder to get through.
Jun 15, 2013 06:42PM
Anyone try the new Anthony Ensolen translation? I'm going to give it a try next month.
Jun 16, 2013 01:28AM
i remain a firm fan of John Ciardi
Jul 27, 2013 02:34PM
I recently read Anthony Esolen's new translation, and I found uniformly excellent. I don't speak Medieval Tuscan, so I can't speak to the accuracy of the translation, but the Esolen's verses are poetry of the highest order. And his introductions and canto end-notes are extremely helpful, without being overly explanatory. I highly recommend it.
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