The Divine Comedy

byDante DanteTranslated byClive James

February 11, 2014|
The Divine Comedy by Dante Dante
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“Under James’s uncanny touch, seven long centuries drop away, and the great poem is startlingly fresh and new.”—Stephen Greenblatt

The Divine Comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and Clive James’s translation—decades in the making—gives us the entire epic as a single, coherent, and compulsively readable lyric poem. For the first time ever in an English translation, James makes the bold choice of switching from the terza rima composition of the original Italian—a measure that strains in English—to the quatrain. The result is “rhymed English stanzas that convey the music of Dante’s triple rhymes” (Edward Mendelson). James’s translation reproduces the same wonderful momentum of the original Italian that propels the reader along the pilgrim’s path from Hell to Heaven, from despair to revelation.
Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in Florence to a family of minor nobility. He entered into Florentine politics in 1295, but he and his party were forced into exile in a hostile political climate in 1301. Taking asylum in Ravenna late in life, Dante completed his Divine Commedia, considered one of the most important works of Western li...
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Title:The Divine Comedy
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:560 pages, 8.24 X 5.51 X 0.94 in
Shipping dimensions:560 pages, 8.24 X 5.51 X 0.94 in
Published:February 11, 2014
Publisher:Norton
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780871407412

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