The Divine Comedy Purgatorio

The Divine Comedy Purgatorio

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"The enjoyment ofThe Divine Comedyis a continuous process," observed T.S. Eliot.  "It is not necessary to understand the meaning first to enjoy the poetry...our enjoyment of the poetry makes us want to understand the meaning."   Arguably the greatest single poem ever written,The Divine Comedypresents Dante Alighieri's all-encompassing vision of the three realms of Christian afterlife.  In thePurgatorio, Dante struggles up the terraces of Mount Purgatory, still guided by Virgil, in continuation of his difficult ascent to purity. "The clean force of the original comes through with astonishing success," said poet and translator Dudley Fitts in praise of John Ciardi's rendition of thePurgatorio.  "Dante cannot speak in English, perhaps; but Ciardi has given us the next best thing--a credible, passionatepersonaof the poet, stripped of the customary guards of rhetoric and false decoration, strong and noble in utterance."
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1996.
Edition: Modern Library edition
ISBN: 9780679602101
Branch Call Number: 851.1 Dante 3701 1
Characteristics: vi, 364 pages
Additional Contributors: Ciardi, John 1916-1986.
Alternative Title: Purgatorio


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