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Graywacke
The Inferno | Dante
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Pickpick

Ecco Dite

I‘ve finished, and have left the underworld and will miss it dearly. I wondered how such a silly conception of hell could define its social conception. But now I don‘t think I‘ll ever see it in any other way. Dante‘s careful construction doesn‘t make any logical sense, but yet it‘s entirely there in all its vivid detail.

BarbaraBB What a great review. It makes me want to get the book right now! 1w
EllisBell It‘s high on my list having recently finished Paradise Lost, and I know what you mean! I miss Satan and Hell and Paradise! 1w
Graywacke @BarbaraBB awe, thanks. It was really nice with this translation team and with how I read it (one canto a day. There are 34. ) 1w
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Graywacke @EllisBell Someday, PL! I read the first 4 books once and loved it. The Odyssey-Aeneid-Comedy-PL is a theme I‘m sort of tracing. 1w
EllisBell I‘m sort of tracing the same theme backwards. 1w
Graywacke @EllisBell 🙂 I‘m a ways from PL yet. Petrarch, Boccaccio, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Quixote etc 1st, at least... 1w
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cassiopia
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Guys, I am HARD CORE geeking out!!! 700 years after finishing The Divine Comedy, and then dying a year later, Dante FINALLY has his own official day 💜💜💜 March 25 is most definitely going to be a day worth celebrating.

https://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/italy-establishes-national-dante-da...

Graywacke Good timing, I‘m reading DC now. ☺️ 2w
cassiopia @Graywacke awesome 😁 I'm on the hunt for a good translation of La Vita Nuova. I have a Dante collection that is ever growing. 2w
Graywacke @cassiopia i read Mark Musa‘s last year - it was an old library book with Italian and English poetry, but only English prose. His essay afterwards was really excellent. (But, I didn‘t research other than check what my library had. Oh, also I learned that searching on amazon for it is really confusing and frustrating.) 2w
Graywacke @cassiopia also - cool that you have so much focus on Dante, that you have a collection. 2w
cassiopia @Graywacke I'm using my resources at work to look for available translations. I'll have to do more research on the translators themselves too. Ahh, thank you. I have an obsession with Italian literature. I have multiple versions of The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio as well. And I'm on the hunt for a leather bound edition of Pinocchio. 2w
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Graywacke
The Inferno | Dante
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The Colosseum ruins as Malebolge?

(Difficult to make text legible. I‘ll add it in the comments.)

Graywacke There is a place in Hell called Malebolge, fashioned entirely of iron—colored rock, as is the escarpment that encircles it.

At the very center of this malignant space there yawns a pit, extremely wide and deep. I will describe its plan all in due time.

A path that circles like a belt around the base of that high rock runs round the pit, its sides descending in ten ditches.
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Graywacke As where concentric moats surround a castle to guard its walls, their patterns clear and governed by a meaningful design,

in such a pattern were these ditches shaped. And, just as narrow bridges issue from the gates of fortresses to reach the farthest bank,

so ridges stretched from the escarpment down across the banks and ditches into the pit at which they end and join.
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Lcsmcat OMG, it sounds like open pit mining to me! 3w
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Scochrane26
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https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/dantes-nine-circles-of-hell-reimagined-for-l...

Two of my pastor friends are bugged a lot by poor grammar, so one of our other friends found this article & posted it on fb. We all just had a convo last week about pronunciation. This article is hilarious!

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Graywacke
The Inferno | Dante
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From the Hollander notes: “The self-conscious interruption of the narrative may be enough to account for the self-conscious opening verse: “To continue, let me say . . .” However, Boccaccio, in his commentary to this canto, was the first to sponsor the idea that in fact Dante only now, in Lunigiana in 1306, took up again the composition of his poem, begun in Florence before his exile and left behind when he could not return to the city... 👇👇

Graywacke According to Boccaccio, a friend brought him the text of the first seven cantos, which had lain fallow for some six or seven years. “ 1mo
Lcsmcat Interesting. Are you able to read the Italian? I took a few semesters in college, but didn‘t get far enough to read Dante. 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat no... 😔 But it‘s nice to have it there and try to puzzle it out occasionally. I tried hard with Vita Nuova, but I have zero background. Here, it‘s just so much to take it all in and think about it, that any games trying the original Italian (Tuscan?) will have to wait for another time. But... 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat but, the original Italian is important to gain a feel, to sense his light playful and gentle touch. Apparently he would make up words to make the poetry work. 1mo
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Yes, poetry is so hard to translate! I might try reading the side-by-side version. I‘d be able to pick out bits of Italian from my musical training and those 3 semesters, and it might inspire me. 1mo
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Graywacke
The Inferno | Dante
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ABANDON ALL HOPE, YOU WHO ENTER HERE.

(But my question for myself is will I have my 🦥 mug handy when I get to the proper level of sloth in purgatory)

readordierachel Love the mug, and the photo 🙂 1mo
Suet624 Jeesh. Good luck! 1mo
Graywacke @readordierachel Thanks! They're playful, and yet also look like the Medieval paintings of those tortured in hell. 🙂 1mo
Graywacke @Suet624 No need, I'm all in and loving it. Every morning I read one canto and the notes (so I have to read the canto at least twice). It's become a really nice routine. 1mo
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Graywacke
The Inferno | Dante
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Palimpsest The Inferno was by far my favorite section of The Divine Comedy. Enjoy! 1mo
Graywacke @Palimpsest thanks! 🙂 1mo
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Graywacke
The Inferno | Dante
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How I‘m starting off my reading this year.

Leftcoastzen You little overachiever,hitting the hard stuff.👏😁 2mo
Graywacke @Leftcoastzen new year optimism 🙂 (and 🐈 to try to keep me honest...and itself warm) 2mo
Liz_M Looking forward to your thoughts on this! 2mo
Graywacke @Liz_M thanks 1mo
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Malisa
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Mehso-so
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Graywacke
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Pickpick

The best of the (now 4) Dante overviews I‘ve read. The Divine Comedy plot line is packed and overviews can be overwhelming. Writing on themes, shaw manages to cover a ton while keeping her essays paced and interesting. It works. Recommended for anyone looking for an intro.