The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

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Described variously as the greatest poem of the European Middle Ages and, because of the author's evangelical purpose, the fifth Gospel, "the Divine Comedy" is central to the culture of the west. The poem is a spiritual autobiography in the form of a journey - the poet travels from the dark circles of the Inferno, up the mountain of Purgatory where Virgil, his guide, leaves him to encounter Beatrice in the Earthly Paradise. Dante conceived the poem as the new epic of Christendom, and he creates a world in which reason and faith have transformed moral and social chaos into order. The work has been translated by Charles Sisson and the introduction, diagrams, maps, and notes by David Higgins provide the reader with guidance. It should be of interest to general readers, poets, students at sixth-form, undergraduate and postgraduate level studying Italian, comparative literature, comparative religion, theology, medieval European literature, medieval European history, English literature, history of art, or creative writing.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 742 pages
  • 116 x 184 x 40mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Italian
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192830732
  • 9780192830739

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The greatest poem of the Middle Ages, and a central theme in Western culture, Dante's great epic, comprising Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, was completed in 1321. In it the poet is conducted through Hell by Virgil, who then ascends with him the mountain of Purgatory before leaving him to find Beatrice, his muse, in Heaven. The vigour of Sisson's blank verse translation makes the work still fresh and readable today. (Kirkus UK)show more

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