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By Dante Alighieri, Mark Musa

An acclaimed translation of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy quantity 1: Inferno that keeps the entire type, strength and which means of the original

This full of life translation of Inferno preserves Dante's easy, common variety, and captures the quick move of the unique Italian verse. Mark Musa's clean verse rendition of the poet's trip in the course of the circles of hell recreates for the trendy reader the wealthy meanings that Dante's poem had for his contemporaries. Musa's advent and commentaries on all the cantos brilliantly light up the text. 

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COS! vid' i' adunar l. a. bella scola di quel segnor de l' altissimo canto che sovra Ii altri com' aquila vola. Da ch'ebber ragionato insieme alquanto, volsersi a me con salutevol ccnno, e 'I mio maestro sorrise di tanto; e pili d' onore ancora assai mi fenno, ch'e' SI mi fecer de l. a. loro schiera, S1 ch'io fui sesto tra cotanto senno. COSI andammo infino a los angeles lumera, parlando cose che '1 tacere e bello, sl com' period '1 parlar coLl dov' period. Venimmo al pie d'un nobile castello, sette volte cerchiato d' alte mura, difeso intomo d'un bel fiumicello. seventy four Canto four 70 seventy three seventy six seventy nine eighty two 88 ninety one ninety four ninety seven a hundred 103 106 We have been nonetheless far from it, yet now not as far as to maintain me from discerning partly that folks necessary to be commemorated possessed where. "0 you who honor wisdom and paintings, who're those who obtain lots privilege as to be separated from the style of the others? " And he to me: "The honor with which their names resound up on your lifestyles, wins grace in Heaven that thils advances them. " period in-between a voice was once heard by way of me: "Honor the top poet: his colour returns, that had departed. " while the voice had ceased and was once silent, I observed 4 nice colors coming towards us: their expression was once neither unhappy nor satisfied. My reliable grasp started to communicate: "Behold the only with that sword in his hand, coming in entrance of the opposite 3 as though their lord: that's Homer, the ideal poet; the subsequent is Horace the satirist; Ovid is the 3rd, and the final, Lucan. simply because all of them proportion with me that identify which the one voice reported, they do me honor, and during this they do good. " So observed I come jointly the beautiful university of that lord of maximum tune, who soars above the others like an eagle. after they had spoken jointly for a time they grew to become to me with signal of greeting, and my grasp smiled at that; and so they did me an excellent higher honor, for they made me one among their band, in order that i used to be 6th between loads knowledge. therefore we went so far as the sunshine, talking issues of which it's solid to be silent now, because it used to be reliable to talk them there the place i used to be. We got here to the foot of a noble citadel, seven instances encircled via excessive partitions, defended throughout by way of a beautiful little circulation. seventy five Inferno 109 112 a hundred and fifteen 118 121 124 127 a hundred thirty 133 136 139 142 a hundred forty five Questo passammo come terra dura; consistent with sette porte intrai con questi savi; giugnemmo in prato di fresca verdura. Genti v'eran con occhi tardi e gravi, di grande car rita ne' low sembianti: parlavan rado, con voci soavi. Traemmoci cos1 da l'un de' canti in loco aperto, luminoso e alto, S1 che veder si potien tutti quanti. Cola diritto, sovra '1 verde smalto, mi fuor mostrati Ii spiriti magni, che del vedere in me stesso m' essalto. l' vidi Eletra con molti com pagni, tra ' quai conobbi Ettor ed Enea, Cesare armata con Ii occhi grifagni. Vidi Cammilla e l. a. Pantasilea; da l'altra parte vidi '1 re Latino, che con Lavina sua figlia sedea. Vidi quel Bruto che caccio Tarquino, Lucrczia, Iulia, Madia e Comiglia; e solo, in parte, vidi '1 Saladino.

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