Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, 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. Now, for the first time, John Ciardi's brilliant and authoritative translations of Dante's three soaring canticles-- The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso-- have been gathered together in a single volume.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, 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.

Now, for the first time, John Ciardi's brilliant and authoritative translations of Dante's three soaring canticles-- The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso-- have been gathered together in a single volume.

Crystallizing the power and beauty inherent in the great poet's immortal conception of the aspiring soul, The Divine Comedy is a dazzling work of sublime truth and mystical intensity. Read more Read less. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. The Inferno. Mass Market Paperback. The Divine Comedy. Next page. Review "Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them--there is no third.

Eliot "Ciardi has given us Dante Alighieri was born in Considered Italy's greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered the art of lyric poetry at an early age. Politically active in Florence, he was banished to Italy in He died in Customers who bought this item also bought. Paradise Lost. Don Quixote. Miguel De Cervantes. Don Quixote Deluxe Edition. The Odyssey. Dore's Illustrations for Dante's "Divine Comedy". The Aeneid. No customer reviews.

How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Divine Comedy, especially in its earlier versions is one of the most remarkable books written by man.

This translation of it is perhaps the best in English. I first read this work three decades ago, and reading it now is as refreshing as ever. Influenced by his exile in a rift between the papacy and the Holy Roman Emperor at the time, which saw him favoring the pope, Dante's "The Divine Comedy" not only provides an insight into the church and the state that has haunted humanity for two millennia, it takes us through our spiritual voyage through life and even our anticipated embrace of the afterlife as reflected in the three canticasInferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

Not only is the allegory rich, reflective and mind-stirring, it explains our human perceptions in so many ways. The deep political and social implications of the work is not lost. This all-encompassing nature of the work is not common around.

Would be looking for more of it. Excellent translation with superb commentary. The bible, while alluding to the afterlife that continues in eternity, does not focus on the places a soul can reside in the after life. Three places, namely hell, purgatory and paradise, are where souls will check in, depending on whether they are God's elect and the sins one has committed.

It is clear that if one is God's elect, he could reside in either purgatory, a temporary holding ground based on the sin records, or paradise where God's chosen will end up for eternity serving and praising Him ceaselessly.

If one is not amongst the chosen, hell is the only destination. But hell has nine levels. The worst sin in Dante's definition was betrayal and we find the unfortunate Judas Ischariot in the company of Satan on the deepest coldest level of hell.

A person can commit the worst sin or sins and yet he is not condemned to hell if he is chosen. But he will have to purify himself by doing time in purgatory, the holding place for sinful souls, before they finally reach paradise. Paradiso is Dante's crown jewel in the three part Divine Comedy.

But certainly Dante gave us much more than the Bible can tell us about heaven. He gave us a fantastic blinding light show of celestial symmetry complete with song and dance by angels and souls that made it to paradise.

Some prominent souls Dante met in paradise were Adam the first man who fell from grace and began the adventure for mankind, and the king Solomon, whose excess and debauchery would have earned any other mortal a certain place in hell. But because they were were God's elect and they only had to do time in purgatory before gaining entry of paradise. So unless one is super Biblical savvy, informed in astronomy, well versed in Greek mythology and has paid attention in school to European and middle eastern history from ancient times to the 13th century, one will miss many gems in Dante's presentation of God's Alpha and Omega plan for mankind and His exquisite design of the universe.

Underpinned by His unchanging laws of the nature or laws of classical physics, the stars and planets orbit in perfect rhythm and position. Complex as Dante's 33 cantos are, fear not because our excellent translator Robin Kirkpatrick gave us wonderful notes to cross check.

We also live in the age of Google and Wikipedia. Uncovering the background of that unfamiliar name of a person or place is only a few keystrokes on the keyboard away.

Just like 9 descending strata of hell, and the slow ascent to the different heights of purgatory, Dante's paradise too is an interstellar journey across the planets and stars, each orbit with lights more blinding and celestial hymns more haunting than the previous as Dante zooms across space in light speed with his sweetheart Beatrice as guide.

At some point, I began to the wonder if I was reading Dante's poetry and not actually reading astronomy and the law of physics written by someone who lived centuries before the appearance of people like Newton, Einstein and even Hawking. For those of us who love and know the Bible, Dante gave us the additional info on the Biblical characters by writing about his encounters with such eminent characters like the first man Adam, the blessed virgin Mary, Jesus' favourite disciple, Apostle John the eagle, and king Solomon just to name a few.

Mysteries such as how did Adam remain in the garden of Eden, the language he spoke and the exact offence Adam angered God to give mankind the inheritance of the original sin. It is clearly evident that Catholicism was Dante's Christianity with the blessed Virgin Mary getting more ink and praise compared to her son Jesus.

The protestant church did not exist during Dante's time since Martin Luther was still a futuristic figure by two hundred years. It was surprising to read Dante's brutal and scathing criticism of the papacy and the corruption of the Catholic church pre-Lutheran times. But maybe I shouldn't be surprised that discerning educated people like Dante and Luther, especially in the Latin language could cross check the actions of the Catholic church with the Latin Bible.

I was also at first surprised theologically by Dante's strong advocate for predestination and God's favour for only His elect, a theology on God's grace we often associate with John Calvin, who also came roughly the same time as Martin Luther, which was 2 centuries after Dante. But I shouldn't be surprised if the Bible I read today is the same as the Latin Bible of Dante that contains the same clear messages that God saves only his elect and his criteria is only known by Him.

It was interesting to read that people of olden times like Dante lived years ago also grappled with questions like the fate of virtuous people who lived the earth and died without knowing Jesus.

Much more widespread was ignorance of Jesus in olden times before the digital age of internet and when bibles were hand copied in a few languages, chiefly Latin. Accessibility to Jesus then was acutely reserved for monks and the educated who had their hands on the precious few hand copied of bibles in extremely limited circulation. Also the souls of babies who died too soon. Where do their souls go? Dante seized his chance to get answers from the higher powers and was comforted to know that God had reserved places for these ignorant virtuous souls and the babies that died too soon.

But alas places in Heaven are limited to those God has elected and they are filling up even as I write this book review. Once the last throne is filled, the day of reckoning will be upon mankind and all will be revealed. We will see how close Dante's vision of hell, purgatory and paradiso are to the real thing. Paradiso was not rarefied air or a vacuum of darkness as Dante reached beyond the outermost of Primum Mobile to finally glimpse the orbit call Empyrean, reserved for the most exclusive club called paradise members like the blessed Mary and Abraham.

Far from it, we find a universe bathed in Gods blinding rays of love emanating from the centre of the Empyrean which encircles the Primum Mobile and all the other 9 orbits of paradiso. While Hawking may still be seeking his elusive "unifying theory" for the universe, Dante Alighieri has already revealed it to the world, nearly years ago.

The cover is red linen hardcover embellished with gold titles and a large black "engraved" Dore drawing. The book is oversized and comes in a superb box "book sleeve" for protection and display.

There are other translations that I prefer to this one by Longfellow i. However, this is one I will keep on my shelf for its beauty as an example of the book art alone. I researched carefully before purchasing a translation of The Divine Comedy and I am very happy with my translation by John Ciardi.

I see a different translations mentioned on this page but I purchased the exact text that is in the Amazon image.

I find it very readable and yet poetic, surprisingly conversational in parts, and only very rarely a little awkward in flow. I very much appreciate the notes at the end of each Canto instead of footnotes because they are less intrusive.

I can turn to the end when I want but I am not able to control my eyes from dropping down to a distracting footnote! The notes supply just enough information to allow you to quickly continue reading and yet to do deeper research later on if you so choose.

Sometimes the notes are just a character identification while other times they delve quite a bit deeper, for example, a note on medieval theological thought which serves to clarify some lines.

The introductory essays were informative and I also found Ciardi's own essay on how he approached translation fascinating, especially the sample "evolution of a stanza" from its original to its final, translated version.

In the post-Canto notes Ciardi also indicates when he ran into a true translation obstacle and then he explains why he translated the way he did. The margins are nice and wide for annotation and the print a decent size, by the way, if you get tired eyes as I do.


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They both occupy singularly definitive places in their respective languages and literatures as well as in world literature, Kleiner suggested, and indeed no less a critical personage than T. There is no third. Milton also made complex uses of theology as political allegory, and wrote political tracts as passionate and resolute as his poetry. Unlike the English poet and defender of regicide, however, Dante was a strict monarchist who even went so far as to propose a global monarchy under Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII. And while Milton veiled his political references in allegorical symbolism, Dante boldly named his adversaries in his poem, and subjected them to grisly, inventive tortures in his vivid depiction of hell. In addition to cataloguing the number of classical and mythological characters Dante encounters in his infernal sojourn, we must wade through pages of contextual notes to find out who various contemporary characters were, and why they have been condemned to their respective levels and torments. Most of his named historical sufferers—including Pope Boniface VII—had died by the time of his writing, but some still lived.


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The Divine Comedy : The Inferno/the Purgatorio/the Paradiso [Paperback]

While primarily known as a poet, he also translated Dante 's Divine Comedy , wrote several volumes of children's poetry, pursued etymology, contributed to the Saturday Review as a columnist and long-time poetry editor, and directed the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont. At the peak of his popularity in the early s, Ciardi also had a network television program on CBS, Accent. Ciardi's impact on poetry is perhaps best measured through the younger poets whom he influenced as a teacher and as editor of the Saturday Review. Ciardi was born at home in Boston 's North End in His father, an Italian immigrant, died in an automobile accident in , and he was raised by his Italian mother who was illiterate and his three older sisters. In , his family moved to Medford, Massachusetts , where he attended public schools. UMich awarded him their Hopwood Prize for his Homeward to America , [4] a poetry collection which he submitted under the pseudonym "Thomas Aquinas".


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