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A translation that captures the Comedia's essence,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Portable Dante (Viking Portable Library) (Paperback)
Little is needed to be said about Dante's masterpiece of poetry and allegory. Many translations exist, but this one I found to be the best. Not only is it clear in expressing what the Poet himself wanted to evoke, it also captures his sense of rhythm as well as brilliant synthesis of words. Keeping the meter and discarding any meagre attempt to rhyme in English, Musa has provided what is probably the best version of Dante for those who cannot enjoy him in his native tongue. Finally, the scholar's notes make for great guidance through the historical/mythological/theological alterations of the Pilgrim's sojourn.