The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

by Dante Alighieri

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 11/03/2014

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The Divine Comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and Clive James's translation-decades in the making-gives us the entire epic as a single, coherent, and compulsively readable lyric poem. For the first time ever in an English translation, James makes the bold choice of switching from the terza rima composition of the original Italian-a measure that strains in English-to the quatrain. The result is "rhymed English stanzas that convey the music of Dante's triple rhymes" (Edward Mendelson). James's translation reproduces the same wonderful momentum of the original Italian that propels the reader along the pilgrim's path from Hell to Heaven, from despair to revelation.
ISBN:
9780871407412
9780871407412
Category:
Poetry by individual poets
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
11-03-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
WW Norton & Co
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
560
Dimensions (mm):
211x140x25mm
Weight:
0.42kg
Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence Italy in 1265. In 1301, a political dispute lead to his exile from Florence.

Over the next few years he made his home in Verona, Lucca and other cities. By 1310 he had written Inferno and Purgatorio, the first two books of his Divine Comedy.

He wrote the third and concluding book, Paradiso, in the years after he found sanctuary in Ravenna in 1318.

An allegorical account of his wanderings in a spiritual wilderness and eventual salvation under the guidance of his beloved Beatrice, The Divine Comedy is recognised as Dante's masterwork and a landmark of world literature. He died in exile in 1321 and was buried in Ravenna.

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