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Purgatorio
Purgatorio | Dante Alighieri
Now I shall sing the second kingdom, there where the soul of man is cleansed, made worthy to ascend to heaven. In the second book of Dante s epic poem The Divine Comedy, Dante has left hell and begins the ascent of the mount of purgatory. Just as hell had its circles, purgatory, situated at the threshold of heaven, has its terraces, each representing one of the seven mortal sins. With Virgil again as his guide, Dante climbs the mountain; the poet shows us, on its slopes, those whose lives were variously governed by pride, envy, wrath, sloth, avarice, gluttony, and lust. As he witnesses the penance required on each successive terrace, Dante often feels the smart of his own sins. His reward will be a walk through the garden of Eden, perhaps the most remarkable invention in the history of literature. Now Jean Hollander, an accomplished poet, and Robert Hollander, a renowned scholar and master teacher, whose joint translation of the Inferno" "was acclaimed as a new standard in English, bring their respective gifts to Purgatorio in an arresting and clear verse translation. Featuring the original Italian text opposite the translation, their edition offers an extensive and accessible introduction as well as generous historical and interpretive commentaries that draw on centuries of scholarship and Robert Hollander s own decades of teaching and reasearch."
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vivastory
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It is impossible to overstate the importance of a good translation in literature, especially poetry. This is no less true for epics, which tend to be more narrative driven. It is unfortunate that Purgatorio has been overshadowed by Inferno. WS Merwin's version contains heart stopping lines of lyrical elegance & emotional profundity, on par with the riches that Inferno provides. There is, sadly, no masterpiece translation of Paradiso. 👇

vivastory I'm still #waiting for a great version. In the meantime I have Robert Pinsky's translation of Inferno & the Merwin to reread. #MusicalNewYear @Cinfhen 12mo
the-flashley I have a really beautifully bound version of the Divine Comedy. Now I want to go find out who the translator is! 12mo
vivastory @the-flashley Let me know if you check. I've read 4 different versions of Inferno. 12mo
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saresmoore Well, gee, I suppose you‘ve convinced me! 12mo
vivastory @saresmoore It is brilliant. I love Merwin's poetry & his translations are fantastic. 12mo
the-flashley I just found my book and looked at who the translator is! Have you read the translation by John Ciardi? 12mo
vivastory @the-flashley Yes. That was the first one I read. I remember it was good & the notes were helpful. 12mo
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JessNevertheless
The Divine Comedy: Purgatory | Dante Alighieri, John Gordon Nichols
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The Florentine cats are pleased I finally finished The Divine Comedy. I would maybe read Inferno again, but with a lot of notes, and ideally in a class. Feel like there was so much I missed in this poem but overall I think worth an attempt. #litsyclassics

bookandcat Love this trilogy. 💙 Read it for a class that was solely on the Divina Commedia in college. Purgatory is my fave of the three. Paradise is interesting because his conceit is that since Paradise is beyond human words and understanding, he will write in language that is nearly beyond human words and understanding to comprehend 🤣 We also got to learn about his IRL love (Beatrice, of course!). 1y
JessNevertheless @bookandcat Haha definitely noticed that about Paradise, I'm glad there was a reason I felt more lost. Definitely would have liked and appreciated this better in a class format. Will probably try again if I ever see one offered. 1y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 1y
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JessNevertheless
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Doing a bit of crocheting while trying to make my way through Purgatory. #audiocrocheting (not actually talented enough to read a hard copy while crafting) #litsyclassics

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Cassandra_L
The Divine Comedy: Purgatory | Dante Alighieri, John Gordon Nichols
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Time to find out what "go to hell" really means!

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JessNevertheless
The Divine Comedy: Purgatory | Dante Alighieri, John Gordon Nichols
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One of my planned #litsyclassics this year, which is definitely a bit outside my comfort zone (poetry). But still looking forward to the journey between Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. #heaven and #hell #augustisatrip @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love you photo 📚😈💙 1y
vkois88 Sounds like a good plan! 1y
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TCLinrow
The Divine Comedy: Purgatory | Dante Alighieri, John Gordon Nichols
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So as I added 4 new Oxford classics to my shelf today I realised I have quite the collection growing... I never thought much of it, but now that they require their own shelf 🤔☺📚... and my friend returned The Tell-Tale Heart this morning, so my Penguin Little Black Classics are complete again 💙💜❤

rohit-sawant 😍😍 2y
Suet624 Wow! 2y
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Heideschrampf
The Divine Comedy: Purgatory | Dante Alighieri, John Gordon Nichols
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Sophoclessweetheart This looks cosy! I love your mug, and Dante 💛 2y
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ReadingMidwife
The Divine Comedy: Purgatory | Dante Alighieri, John Gordon Nichols
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Ah, it is hard to speak of what it was,
that savage forest, dense and difficult,
which even in recall renews my fear:
so bitter — death is hardly more severe!

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smilingshelves
Purgatory | Dante
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Nothing like discovering the explanatory notes in the back when I'm on page 278... #nowiknow #wishitwassooner

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wordslinger42
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I'm not sure which is worse... 😅

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Faibka
The Divine Comedy: Purgatory | Dante Alighieri, John Gordon Nichols
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Can anyone recommend a good version of The Divine Comedy? I thought I had it on my shelves but apparently not (how did that happen?) so it's a chance to get a hold of a decent translation (English or Spanish). Thanks!

Louise I just received Robert Pinsky's english translation of the Inferno. It looks very good. 3y
LectricSheep The Longfellow is the "standard," but I prefer the Mandelbaum. The Martinez/Durling translation is the most literal I've found. The Palma (from Norton) is probably my least favorite of the ones I've read. These are all in English, btw. ?the inferno has the most fun translations-- Pinsky and Mary Jo Beard especially. 3y
LectricSheep @Louise yeeeeeeees 3y
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Faibka @LectricSheep wow I'm blown away! How many times have you read it 😳 Great! Thank you so much for the recommendations! 3y
Faibka @Louise Cool! I'll check it out 👍 3y
LectricSheep ? my best friend calls The Divine Comedy her "religion," so I've gotten coaxed into quite a few read throughs. 3y
Faibka @LectricSheep Awesome 😆 3y
Jae I did an amazing online course on it from Georgetown through EdX and we used the English translation by Robert Hollander. I have also used an older one by Sisson. The recent translation by Clive James is very accessible. The course is still available - it was incredible! 3y
Faibka @Jae Great!!!! I'm looking at the course info right now, thank you so much for mentioning it! Wow, I guess there are many good translations, I'll have to decide which one to pick! Thanks! 😄 3y
Tsubame Ooohhh, I'll have to check out this course too!! Thanks so much @Jae 😃 3y
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HotMessJess
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My husband and I finally got a weekend off together so we took a mini vacation to Monterey, California. Little did I know, the Museum of Monterey had a Salvador Dali exhibit with over 200 original pieces! This nerd was in heaven! This is Dali's illustrated Divine Comedy. Breathtaking, bizarre, beautiful. #art #books #illustration #dali

ReadingOver50 I 😍 Dali's work. 3y
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sereneselkie
The Divine Comedy: Purgatory | Dante Alighieri, John Gordon Nichols
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Showing off my main #bookmark ! Got this HANDY little thing at my vice store, Barnes & Noble. 👉🏼 I love this concept because in a text as long and winding as the Divine Comedy, finding your place after a rude interruption is worth every penny. Happy #booktober everyone! 🎃🔮🌙📚 #classics #halloween #barnesandnoble

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sereneselkie
The Divine Comedy: Purgatory | Dante Alighieri, John Gordon Nichols
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MY DOG DECIDED SHE LIKED THIS BOOK AS MUCH AS I DO. #dogsoflitsy. 😭 #classics #classicsarekillingme #dante #divinecomedy #dogshaming

smunn Noooo 3y
kdwinchester Oh no! 🙈 3y
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colindickey
Purgatorio | Dante Alighieri
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Reading my stories.

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JoeStalksBeck
The Divine Comedy: Purgatory | Dante Alighieri, John Gordon Nichols
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Hardback, illustrated version ❤️

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JoeStalksBeck
The Divine Comedy: Purgatory | Dante Alighieri, John Gordon Nichols
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One of the greatest books of all time

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Potatogeeksoup
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This annotated edition is amazing. If you're interested in The Divine Comedy but unsure if you can handle it, then read this one, translated by J.G. Nichols

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