The Divine Comedy: Volume 3: Paradise

Paperback | July 30, 1962

byDante AlighieriTranslated byDorothy L. SayersIntroduction byDorothy L. Sayers

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The third volume of Dante's Divine Comedy

To the consternation of his more academic admirers, who believed Latin to be the only proper language for dignified verse, Dante wrote his Comedy in colloquial Italian, wanting it to be a poem for the common reader. Taking two threads of a story that everybody knew and loved – the story of a vision of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, and the story of the lover who has to brave the Underworld to find his lost lady – he combined them into a great allegory of the soul’s search for God. He made it swift, exciting and topical, lavishing upon it all his learning and wit, all his tenderness, humour and enthusiasm, and all his poetry. In Paradise, Dante journeys through the encircling spheres of heaven towards God.

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 Written in Italian as opposed to Latin, Dante’s The Divine Comedy was readable and popular with the masses of his day. Superficially the story of a man compelled to brave the underworld to redeem his love, Dante’s underlying allegory is the souls’ search for God. Pouring all his wit, observations and conclusions into its composition, ...

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The third volume of Dante's Divine ComedyTo the consternation of his more academic admirers, who believed Latin to be the only proper language for dignified verse, Dante wrote his Comedy in colloquial Italian, wanting it to be a poem for the common reader. Taking two threads of a story that everybody knew and loved – the story of a vis...

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265. Considered Italy's greatest poet, this scion of a Florentine family mastered in the art of lyric poetry at an early age. His first major work is La Vita Nuova (1292) which is a tribute to Beatrice Portinari, the great love of his life. Married to Gemma Donatic, Dante's political activism resulted in hi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:July 30, 1962Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140441050

ISBN - 13:9780140441055

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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 Written in Italian as opposed to Latin, Dante’s The Divine Comedy was readable and popular with the masses of his day. Superficially the story of a man compelled to brave the underworld to redeem his love, Dante’s underlying allegory is the souls’ search for God. Pouring all his wit, observations and conclusions into its composition, the poem has withstood the test of time and continues to provide food for thought 700 years later. Paradise, the third part of the lyric epic, has been described by T.S. Elliot as both exciting and incomprehensible as the narrator journeys into the spheres of heaven, drawing near at last to the face of God.

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