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THE INFERNO OF DANTE ALIGHIERI TRANSLATED IN TRIPLE-RHYME WITH AN INTRODUCTION, NOTES AND COMMENTARY This vigorous translation of the Inferno, the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, makes accessible to the modern reader the poet's descent through the nine circles of Hell. Rendered in clear, lively English, it is almost unique in retaining the difficult triple-rhyme schem THE INFERNO OF DANTE ALIGHIERI TRANSLATED IN TRIPLE-RHYME WITH AN INTRODUCTION, NOTES AND COMMENTARY This vigorous translation of the Inferno, the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, makes accessible to the modern reader the poet's descent through the nine circles of Hell. Rendered in clear, lively English, it is almost unique in retaining the difficult triple-rhyme scheme of the original, while remaining faithful to the meaning. The introduction, footnotes and commentaries clarify the poem without being burdensome, and an associated web site provides illustrations and further background. "I was constantly amazed and charmed with the facility with which Zimmerman's translation manages to put Dante's common Italian language into vernacular speech in English, giving it--with no loss of its important classical allusions or its lyrical impact--all the immediacy and suspense of a contemporary thriller." --Samsara Review "The major virtue of Seth Zimmerman's translation lies in its idiomatic, direct, unpretentious style." --Metamorphoses The cover shows the thief Agnello in the eighth circle. From the mobile Inferno installation of Janet Van Fleet.


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THE INFERNO OF DANTE ALIGHIERI TRANSLATED IN TRIPLE-RHYME WITH AN INTRODUCTION, NOTES AND COMMENTARY This vigorous translation of the Inferno, the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, makes accessible to the modern reader the poet's descent through the nine circles of Hell. Rendered in clear, lively English, it is almost unique in retaining the difficult triple-rhyme schem THE INFERNO OF DANTE ALIGHIERI TRANSLATED IN TRIPLE-RHYME WITH AN INTRODUCTION, NOTES AND COMMENTARY This vigorous translation of the Inferno, the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy, makes accessible to the modern reader the poet's descent through the nine circles of Hell. Rendered in clear, lively English, it is almost unique in retaining the difficult triple-rhyme scheme of the original, while remaining faithful to the meaning. The introduction, footnotes and commentaries clarify the poem without being burdensome, and an associated web site provides illustrations and further background. "I was constantly amazed and charmed with the facility with which Zimmerman's translation manages to put Dante's common Italian language into vernacular speech in English, giving it--with no loss of its important classical allusions or its lyrical impact--all the immediacy and suspense of a contemporary thriller." --Samsara Review "The major virtue of Seth Zimmerman's translation lies in its idiomatic, direct, unpretentious style." --Metamorphoses The cover shows the thief Agnello in the eighth circle. From the mobile Inferno installation of Janet Van Fleet.

45 review for The Inferno of Dante Alighieri

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mekonnen Eon

    I didn’t like the book that much, as Dante sometimes let his personal feelings about people in the outside world dictate his story, and went into a personal narrative too often. The book is separated into “Cantos,” basically chapters, that each involve a different area of hell. The Cantos are then separated into stanzas, and the format itself is easy to follow. However, the wording Dante uses is difficult to follow, and sometimes make it very hard to understand what is going on. I would recommend I didn’t like the book that much, as Dante sometimes let his personal feelings about people in the outside world dictate his story, and went into a personal narrative too often. The book is separated into “Cantos,” basically chapters, that each involve a different area of hell. The Cantos are then separated into stanzas, and the format itself is easy to follow. However, the wording Dante uses is difficult to follow, and sometimes make it very hard to understand what is going on. I would recommend the book to anyone who thinks of themselves as an advanced reader, and isn’t afraid of a bit of confusing read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Krollo

    Amazing depiction of hell. Lost a little as I read it in Italian, but the meaning is all there. Haunting and beautiful at the same time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I read Inferno back in college. I have decided to read it again for pleasure.

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