John Ciardi ‘s translation of the magnificent story of a man’s way through the infinite torment of hell in his search for paradise. Inferno is a moving human drama. The Paperback of the The Inferno (John Ciardi Translation) by Dante Alighieri at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!. Praise. “It is Mr. Ciardi’s great merit to be one of the first American translators to have reproduced [The Inferno] successfully in English. A text with the clarity and .

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Inferno is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise-the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation. What was lacking were real schools with competent teachers and high standards, available to all who had the talent and the desire to learn. The Inferno Signet Classics.

The Inferno

One of the few literary works that has enjoyed a fame both immediate and enduring, The Inferno remains powerful after seven centuries. In that quest, which your verses celebrate, 25 he learned those mysteries from which arose his victory and Rome’s apostolate. All were killed in the war between the Trojans and the Latians when, according to legend, Aeneas led the survivors of Troy into Italy.

See Purgatorio, IX, 76 ff. Who is it speaks ciari fire across this distance? And do you see the broken surfaces of those water-holes on every hand, boiling as if in pain?

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Canto IV circle one: Death-pale, the Poet spoke: Whirling and battering it drives them on, and when they pass the ruined gap of Hell through which we had come, their shrieks begin anew. You are commenting using your WordPress. A lighter craft than mine must give you passage.

And we might listen to the poem read aloud. Set up a giveaway.

Ah, what scorn breathed from that Angel-presence! He examines each lost soul as it arrives and delivers his verdict with his coiling tail. Theseus and Pirithous tried to kidnap Hecate. As he descends, pity leaves him, and he even goes so far as to add to the torments of one sinner.


Blind, like one whom sleep comes over in a swoon, I stumbled into darkness and went down. The first is technical: He was a man of saintly life, but allowed himself to be convinced by a priest named Benedetto that his soul was in danger since no man could live in the world without being damned.

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But it is fortu- nately that special type of allegory wherein every element must first correspond to a literal reality, every episode must exist coherently in itself. In Hell, God is expressed only as inviolable power. Thornton brings us closer to what Dante wrote. It is at least possible that this frame of mind was in- cluded in the “Dark Wood” in which the Comedy begins, and it almost certainly inspired the repeated warnings against over-dependence on philosophy and human wisdom which the poem contains.

His theory is stated ex- plicitly in his Latin treatiseDe Monarchia: How, then, may I presume to this high quest and not fear my own brashness? For the same reason it was unimportant that the Banquet lay unfinished, for all the erudition Dante had planned to present in that indigestible work found much nobler, more convincing expression in the poetry of the Comedy.

Note that Hu- man Reason makes a light of its own, but that it is a light in darkness and forever separated from the glory of God’s light.

Dante is saying that he climbed with such zeal and haste that every footfall carried him above the last despite the steepness of the climb.

Not all the gold that is or ever was under the sky could buy for one of these 65 exhausted souls the fraction of a pause. Florence lies in the province of Tuscany. Note that both these exceptions oc- cur at a major division of the Inferno. Canto VI 47 Then it shall come to pass within three suns that the fallen shall arise, and by the power 65 of one now gripped by many hesitations Black shall ride on White for many years, loading it down with burdens and oppressions and humbling of proud names and helpless tears.


Represents the Contemplative Life. I think [Ciardi’sl version of Dante will be in many respects the best we have seen. To reassure himself or to know the worst, perhaps he longs to ask Virgil whether or not he really knows the way.

He probably composed it in the last decade of his life and chose Latin as a medium rather deliberately, I suspect, for discre- tion’s sake. Fixed in cuardi they speak their piece, infernl it, and start again: But when you move again among the living, 85 oh speak my name to the memory of men! The maddog Florentine wheeled at their cry and bit himself for rage. Everything about this Cir- cle suggests iferno gigantic garbage dump.

In the second circle are cuardi those who sinned by excess of sexual passion. Dante freely reshapes his materials to his own purposes. And it would not pass, out stood so blocking my every turn that time and again 35 I was on inferrno verge of turning back to the wood.

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I do not know you as you now appear. She was killed in a horse charge against the Trojans after displaying great gallantry. Moreover, in Dante’s system, to deny God is the begin- ning of Violence, Bestiality, and Fraud; and it is these sins which are punished below.

Dante uses it to cover a transition. As they sinned so are they punished. Pirithous was killed in the attempt and Theseus was punished by being chained to a great rock. What the Pope’s secret orders were became instantly apparent when Charles was ad- mitted in Novemberfor he set upon the Whites, admit- ted the banished Blacks and stood by as they gave themselves over to murder and pillage.