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Renowned poet and critic Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation into English verse of Dante's The Divine Comedy . The Divine Comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and this translation--decades in the making--gives us the entire epic as a single, coherent and compulsively readable lyric poem. Written in the early fourteenth century and completed in 1321, the year of Dante's death, The Divine Comedy is perhaps the greatest work of epic poetry ever composed.

Divided into three books-- Hell , Purgatory and Heaven --the poem's allegorical vision of the afterlife portrays the poet's spiritual crisis in terms of his own contemporary history, in a text of such vivid life and variety that modern readers will find themselves astounded in a hundred different ways. And indeed the structure of this massive single song is divided into a hundred songs, or cantos, each of which is a separate poetic miracle. But unifying them all is the impetus of the Italian verse: a verbal energy that Clive James has now brought into English.

In his introductory essay, James says that the twin secrets of Dante are texture and impetus. All the packed detail must be there, but the thing must move. It should go from start to finish with an unflagging rhythm. In the original, the basic form is the terza rima , a measure hard to write in English without showing the strain of reaching once too often for a rhyme. In this translation, the basic form is the quatrain. The result, uncannily, is the same easy-seeming flow, a wonderful momentum that propels the reader along the pilgrim's path from Hell to Heaven, from despair to revelation.

To help ensure that no scholastic puzzles get in the road of appreciation, James has also adopted the bold policy of incorporating key points from the scholarship into the text: uploading them from the footnotes, as it were, and making them part of the narrative, where they can help to make things clear.

For its range of emotion alone, Clive James's poetic rendering of The Divine Comedy would be without precedent. But it is also singled out by its sheer readability. The result is the epic as a page-turner, a work that will influence the way we read Dante in English for generations to come.

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Bennett, Harry.
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Carlyle, John Aitken, 1801-1879.
Carrigan, Henry L., 1954-
Cary, Henry Francis, 1772-1844.
Ciardi, John, 1916-1986.
Cosham, Ralph,
Cosham, Ralph.
Higgins, David H.
James, Clive, 1939-
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882,
Mandelbaum, Allen, 1926-2011
Moore, Edward, 1835-1916,
Moore, Edward, 1835-1916.
Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908.
Okey, Thomas, 1852-1935,
Okey, Thomas, 1852-1935.
Raffel, Burton.
Romano, Umberto, 1905-1982
Sisson, C. H. 1914-2003.
Wicksteed, Philip H. 1844-1927.
Wicksteed, Philip Henry, 1844-1927,
Wicksteed, Philip Henry, 1844-1927.
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subject_facetAllegories
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Dante Alighieri, -- 1265-1321 -- Criticism and interpretation
Dante Alighieri, -- 1265-1321 -- Translations into English
Dante Alighieri, -- 1265-1321. -- Divina commedia
Downloadable audio books
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Heaven -- Poetry
Hell -- Poetry
Italian
Italian poetry
Italian poetry -- To 1400 -- Translations into English
Literature, Medieval
Paradise -- Poetry
Purgatory -- Poetry
title_displayThe Divine comedy
title_fullDivine comedy, illustrated by Umberto Romano
The Divine comedy / Dante Aloighieri ; translated by Charles Eliot Norton
The divine comedy / Dante ; a new verse translation by Clive James
The divine comedy / Dante ; foreword by Mario Praz ; edited with an introduction by Edmund Gardner
The divine comedy / Dante ; translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow with illustrations by Gustave Doré
The divine comedy / Dante Alighieri
The divine comedy / Dante Alighieri ; the John Ciardi translation
The divine comedy / Dante Alighieri ; translated by Allen Mandelbaum ; with an introduction by Eugenio Montale ; and notes by Peter Armour
The divine comedy / Dante Alighieri ; translated by C.H. Sisson ; with an introduction and notes by David H. Higgins
The divine comedy / Dante Alighieri ; translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The divine comedy / Dante Alighieri ; translated by John Ciardi ; with the engravings of Gustave Doré
The divine comedy / Dante Alighieri ; translated from the Italian by Burton Raffel ; notes by Henry L. Carrigan, Jr. ; introduction by Paul J. Contino
The divine comedy / Translated, with a commentary, by Charles S. Singleton
The divine comedy Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321.
The divine comedy [electronic resource] / Dante
The divine comedy [electronic resource] / Dante Alighieri
The divine comedy [electronic resource] Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321.
The divine comedy [sound recording] / Dante Alighieri
The divine comedy. Translated into blank verse by Louis Biancolli. Illustrated by Harry Bennett
title_shortThe Divine comedy
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Dante Alighieri
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Heaven
Hell
Italian
Italian poetry
Literature, Medieval
Paradise
Purgatory