Review: The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dante’s “Divine Comedy” is without a doubt the greatest epic poem ever written. Though Homer, Virgil, and the Mahabharata all have their charm, Dante stands heads and shoulders above all of them. I cannot recommend reading Dante enough. This is one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written.

This particular translation is very well done. The translator, in order to keep the poetry of the original, is forced to take some liberties with the text from time to time but is always kind enough to inform the reader when he has done so and to offer a plain-text translation of the same passage and/or a summary of its main ideas and content. My recommendation is to read this version (for the beauty) alongside a plain prose translation (for the meaning). That, or — learn Italian!

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