But no. By my count there have been something like a hundred English-language translations, and not just by scholars but by blue-chip poets: in the past half century, John Ciardi, Allen Mandelbaum, Robert Pinsky, W. Liszt and Tchaikovsky have composed music about the poem; Chaucer, Balzac, and Borges have written about it. In other words, the Divine Comedy is more than a text that professors feel has to be brushed up periodically for students. In some periods devoted to order and decorum in literature—notably the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries—many sophisticated readers scorned the Divine Comedy as a grotesque, impenetrable thing. But not in our time.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of the divine comedy: the inferno, the purgatorio and the paradiso. Dec 18, Mark Cain rated it it was amazing. A difficult but ultimately satisfying read. The translation and structure of the book works well for readers who do not know the Tuscan — or any Italian for that matter — of the original. Each of the three main parts has an excellent introduction by a Dante Scholar. Each canto has a summary at the beginning, sort of a mini Cliffnotes.
A translation of the Divine Comedy can never be more than a pale reflection of the original, especially since the original was poetry, not prose. This resulted in some forced rhymes, and some inaccuracies. Whenever he did that, he explained the true sense of a passage in the footnotes. View 1 comment. Mar 02, Paul Lemcke rated it liked it. Loved The Inferno with its imagination, grotesque representations and fascinating symbolism that can generate fear into hell-fearing Christians.
Purgatorio started slowly but as love and light became more prevalent and important, I could feel a building toward a crescendo. Paradiso was initially so boring for me that I briefly considered a DNF halfway through. Having decided to trudge through the hell of reading Paradiso, however, I found t Loved The Inferno with its imagination, grotesque representations and fascinating symbolism that can generate fear into hell-fearing Christians.
Having decided to trudge through the hell of reading Paradiso, however, I found that it began to become interesting in the final 10 cantos. For me, it was way too heavy on the biblical symbols as it felt preachy and prayerful. As for the translation, though I haven't read other translations, I did enjoy Ciardi's rhyming of the 1st and 3rd lines which gave the reading a bouncing quality.
Oct 07, Nancy rated it it was amazing. Reading this translation along with listening to the Great Courses lecture series on the same. It was fascinating and so much more accessible by reading it along with the lecture series. It is amazing poetry that never looses it's topicality when read through the lens of a scholarly discussion. There is a NEED for 'background ' information and notes to thuroughly enjoy this, but once you get a handle on that it is fabulous.
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The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso (John Ciardi Translation)
They both occupy singularly definitive places in their respective languages and literatures as well as in world literature, Kleiner suggested, and indeed no less a critical personage than T. There is no third. Milton also made complex uses of theology as political allegory, and wrote political tracts as passionate and resolute as his poetry. Unlike the English poet and defender of regicide, however, Dante was a strict monarchist who even went so far as to propose a global monarchy under Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII. And while Milton veiled his political references in allegorical symbolism, Dante boldly named his adversaries in his poem, and subjected them to grisly, inventive tortures in his vivid depiction of hell. In addition to cataloguing the number of classical and mythological characters Dante encounters in his infernal sojourn, we must wade through pages of contextual notes to find out who various contemporary characters were, and why they have been condemned to their respective levels and torments. Most of his named historical sufferers—including Pope Boniface VII—had died by the time of his writing, but some still lived.
the divine comedy: the inferno, the purgatorio and the paradiso
While primarily known as a poet, he also translated Dante 's Divine Comedy , wrote several volumes of children's poetry, pursued etymology, contributed to the Saturday Review as a columnist and long-time poetry editor, and directed the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont. At the peak of his popularity in the early s, Ciardi also had a network television program on CBS, Accent. Ciardi's impact on poetry is perhaps best measured through the younger poets whom he influenced as a teacher and as editor of the Saturday Review. Ciardi was born at home in Boston 's North End in His father, an Italian immigrant, died in an automobile accident in , and he was raised by his Italian mother who was illiterate and his three older sisters. In , his family moved to Medford, Massachusetts , where he attended public schools.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise--the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation. Now, for the first time, John Ciardi's brilliant and authoritative translations of Dante's three soaring canticles-- The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso-- have been gathered together in a single volume. Crystallizing the power and beauty inherent in the great poet's immortal conception of the aspiring soul, The Divine Comedy is a dazzling work of sublime truth and mystical intensity. Read more Read less.