This translation, first published in 1909, is by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), American professor and poet
"Inferno" by Dante Alighieri is an epic allegory of the spiritual journey of man. Virgil, Dante the pilgrim's guide, leads him through the 7 layers of hell. Throughout his journey through the torturous layers, Dante discovers the perfection of God's divine justice and themes of contrapasso are largely explored. Classical symbolism and classical figures are constantly referenced. This serves to emphasize that God's power rules over all - even pagan characters/figures. Dante also uses structure prominently to emphasize the trinity. By organizing the poem into 3 line stanza's consistently, it emphasizes the perfection of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Similarly, pay close attention to the numbering of Cantos. The number symbolism of '3' for the trinity, and '7' for the holy number is consistently used throughout the work.--Submitted by Anonymous.
The Divine Comedy is a classic that has survived and will survive for many years, and rightfully so. Dante Alighieri is exiled from his beloved city of Florence and now wanders from village to village in search of his past love and of himself. On this journey, he explores the sin of man through several levels of hell, each with a predefined purpose. With the help of his guide, Virgil, who is also a resident of a said layer, he descends through the various planes of hell, examining each to see God's absolute justice to those who have wronged in their lives. Prepare yourselves, for this is no ordinary book; it is an examination and juxtaposition of the body, spirit, mind, and human condition.--Submitted by AxelPower
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