- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; 3 edition (31 July 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140444432
- ISBN-13: 978-0140444438
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 22.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Divine Comedy: Paradise: Paradise v. 3 (Classics) Paperback – 31 Jul 1986
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"The English Dante of choice." -Hugh Kenner
"Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths." -Robert Fagles, Princeton University
"A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry." -Henri Peyre, Yale University
The English Dante of choice. Hugh Kenner
Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths. Robert Fagles, Princeton University
A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry. Henri Peyre, Yale University"
About the Author
Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265 and belonged to a noble but impoverished family. His life was divided by political duties and poetry, the most of famous of which was inspired by his meeting with Bice Portinari, whom he called Beatrice,including La Vita Nuova and The Divine Comedy. He died in Ravenna in 1321.
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Funny however how many reviews and appreciations exist about his first two volumes, and Inferno & Purgatorio generally, but not so for Paradiso: do I suspect that not many reach the end of Dante's supernatural journey? And yet, it's a wonderful Paradise that we encounter in the verses of this cantica.
Many first time readers of the Inferno must have finished it in a few sittings; the Purgatorio continues the narrative interest. It can likewise be read quickly, in a few days, in the knowledge that the reader will return to master the identities of some of the characters, or puzzle out some of the more obscure points. The third section od the Divine Comedy is different. The Paradiso is a work of prodigious originality, where the effects achieved may be found in other artistic forms (i.e., painting and music, to name two), but not often in literature. Why?
Because Dante is going to achieve what the 4th Gospel said it was impossible -- at the end of this cantica he will see God, or at the very least, as words and vision fail, he will have come as close to seeing God as anyone else in literature. In fact, the Paradise is the boldest work of Western literature, since, if it achieves its effect, it will have ceased to be an imaginary narrative and will have led the reader to the vision experienced by the pilgrim-poet. Its aim is nothing less than to enable us to see God.
Even though the Comedy (naturally) contains scholastic elements, the poem's originality, coupled with its existential dimension, make sure the Divine Comedy still resonates.
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