The most famous of the three canticles that compose The Divine Comedy, "Inferno" describes Dante's descent into Hell midway through his life, with Virgil as a guide. As he descends through nine concentric circles of increasingly agonizing torture, Dante encounters doomed souls that include the pagan Aeneas, the liar Odysseus, the suicidal Cleopatra, and his own political enemies, damned for their deceit.
Led by leering demons, Dante must ultimately journey with Virgil to the deepest level of all - for it is only by encountering Satan himself, in the heart of Hell, that he can truly understand the tragedy of sin.
This version of the classic poem is the translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the poem's first American translator.
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- RYAN M OMAN
This one needs a companion book
I haven’t read Inferno since high school and I vaguely remember the political nature of the text. The description of Hell and it’s inhabitants is difficult to understand without the knowledge of each character and their relationship to the time period. Many of the people doomed to torture in the various levels are there because of transgressions that make little sense in our time. It would be wise to study Wikipedia before delving into the 9 levels of 14th century Italian politics.
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I’m by no means an English or biblical scholar I found the near ration to be Shakespearean could not get past the first chapter