The Inferno

The Inferno

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An extraordinary new verse translation of Dante's masterpiece, by poet, scholar, and lauded translator Anthony Esolen Of the great poets, Dante is one of the most elusive and therefore one of the most difficult to adequately render into English verse. In theInferno, Dante not only judges sin but strives to understand it so that the reader can as well. With this major new translation, Anthony Esolen has succeeded brilliantly in marrying sense with sound, poetry with meaning, capturing both the poem's line-by-line vigor and its allegorically and philosophically exacting structure, yielding anInfernothat will be as popular with general readers as with teachers and students. For, as Dante insists, without a trace of sentimentality or intellectual compromise, even Hell is a work of divine art. Esolen also provides a critical Introduction and endnotes, plus appendices containing Dante's most important sources--from Virgil to Saint Thomas Aquinas and other Catholic theologians--that deftly illuminate the religious universe the poet inhabited.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002
Edition: 2002 Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780679642619
0679642617
9780812970067
0812970063
Branch Call Number: 851.1 D23id 2002
Characteristics: xxv, 490 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Doré, Gustave 1832-1883

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AaronAardvark1940
Aug 18, 2017

This is a classic, and I do not feel qualified to rate the book.
The translation I read is a much older version than those offered by the Library (Dorothy Sayers, first published in 1949). Her work reflects her UK background , so some of the references are unfamiliar to American audiences. Even some of those references are quite dated. Sayers' work includes a lengthy introduction, a comprehensive glossary, and many notes or comments following each Canto. I found these indispensable in understanding this first portion of the Divine Comedy, and highly recommend that any reader unfamiliar with medieval matters obtain an edition that offers this sort of help.

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