English translations, i believe, do not measure up but i think those by john ciardi, longfellow and clive james are better than this one by benedict flynn. Afterword by and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Inferno, canto i by dante alighieri poems academy of. Dantes first leg of his journey out of the dark wood was through the nine concentric circles of hell inferno, escorted by his favorite classical roman poet virgil, author of the aeneid. Buy the inferno signet classics reprint by dante alighieri isbn. What was this forest savage, rough, and stern, which in the very thought renews the fear. In the poem, hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the earth. An epic masterpiece that also provides insight into the thoughts of the middle ages, the inferno continues to remain relevant for its perspective on the old issues of good versus evil, free will, and predestination. Poet and literary critic john ciardi reads an englishlanguage translation of dante alighieris inferno hell, an allegory telling of dantes journey through hell. The inferno john ciardi translation by dante alighieri in doc, epub, rtf download e book.
But perhaps the most neglected one is the battered volumes i found on ebay. Translated by john ciardi with an introduction by archibald t. The authoritative translations of the inferno, the purgatorio, and the paradisotogether in one volume. The inferno signet classics dante alighieri, john ciardi, archibald t.
Written in the early 14th century and completed in 21, the year of dantes death, the divine comedy is perhaps the greatest work of epic poetry ever. Sensory imagery is established throughout the poem in the course of virgil s attempt to aid dante through the different symbolic retributions that make up the structure o. Dante alighieri 1265 21, translated by henry wadsworth longfellow 1807 1882 the divine comedy italian. Belonging in the immortal company of the works of homer, virgil, milton, and shakespeare, dante alighieris poetic masterpiece is a visionary journey that takes. June 24, 1916 march 30, 1986 was an american poet, translator, and etymologist. The paperback of the the inferno john ciardi translation by dante alighieri at. This book describes hell and the eternal suffering of the damned. Describing dantes descent into hell midway through his life with virgil as a guide. Hear dantes inferno read aloud by influential poet. The late john ciardi, former poet and professor at harvard and rutgers, translated or more precisely transposed this poem from its original 0s italian into english. The inferno by alighieri, dante author ciardi, john translated by macallister, archibald t.
The inferno by dante alighieri translated by john ciardi. An analysis of the inferno, a poem by dante and translated. Douglas coupland video podcast proyector brazilian soccer podcast nat for the chat. Which is the best englishlanguage translation of dante. Italian for hell is the first part of italian writer dante alighieris 14thcentury epic poem divine comedy. The inferno essay the inferno, translated by john ciardi, is a poem of dante s immortal drama of a journey through hell. Here, we have one reading of cantos iviii of the inferno by poet john ciardi, from his translation of the poem for a signet classics edition. Publication date 2009 topics hell, poetry, medieval, religious. Dantes political activism resulted in his being exiled from florence, and he eventually settled in ravenna. Poet and literary critic john ciardi reads an englishlanguage translation of dante alighieris inferno hell, an allegory telling of dantes journey through hell, guided by the roman poet virgil. Inferno full audiobook greatest audiobooks by dante alighieri 126521. Canto 1 of dantes inferno translated by john ciardi exponential growth.
Canto 1 of dante s inferno translated by john ciardi exponential growth. The divine comedy changed my life, and it may do the same to you. Inferno is the first part of dantes epic poem the divine comedy, revealing the eternal punishment reserved for such sins as greed, selfdeception, political doubledealing and treachery. See a complete list of the characters in inferno and indepth analyses of dante alighieri and virgil. Inferno by dante alighieri as translated by john ciardi this blog serves as a guide for those who wish to read the english translation of dante alighieris inferno. The divine comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and this translation decades in the making gives us the entire epic as a single, coherent and compulsively listenable lyric poem. This book is one of my favorites, the translation is excellent. The divine comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and this translation decades in the making gives us the entire epic as a single, coherent and compulsively listenable lyric.
His over 40 books of poems include the collected poems of john ciardi 1997, the birds of pompeii 1985, the little that is all 1974, this strangest everything 1966, and homeward to. Read an overview of the entire poem or a line by line summary and analysis. This is book one containing part one or canticle one of poet dante alighieris 1265 to 21 three part the divine comedy. All content included on our site, such as text, images, digital downloads and other, is the property of its content suppliers and protected by us and international laws. Dantes inferno translated by john ciardi audiobook dante. Inferno by dante alighieri as translated by john ciardi. This translation of the inferno is the most lucid one ive. Dantes inferno is a work so powerful that it seems to have permanently colored the western worlds perception of hell and the afterlife. I think ciardis version of dante will be in many respects the best we have seen. Inferno full unabridged audiobook of dante aligheris. Poet during his day made his recording in 1954 for smithsonian folkways records, and the liner notes of the lp, which you can download here, contain the excerpted verse. The inferno john ciardi translation by dante alighieri.
Heres where youll find analysis of the poem as a whole, from themes and symbols to key facts. The inferno dante alighieri translated by john ciardi with an introduction by. Written around 21, the book predates most of the classics, except homers works of course. Much of dantes description of hell had similarities to virgils description in his sixth book of the aeneid. One of the great masterpieces of all time, dantes inferno, now newly translated by john ciardi for the modern reader, is the magnificent story of a mans way through the infinite torment of hell in his search for paradise.
Commedia, later christened divina by giovanni boccaccio, written by dante alighieri between 8 and his death in 21, is widely considered the central epic poem of italian literature, the last great work of literature of the. Renowned poet and critic clive james presents the crowning achievement of his career. This penguin classics edition is translated and edited with an introduction and notes by robin kirkpatrick. Canto ii inferno by dante alighieri as translated by. Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, dante alighieris poetic masterpiece, the divine comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of hell, up the arduous slopes of purgatory, and on to the. Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, dante alighieris poetic masterpiece, the divine comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of hell, up the arduous slopes of purgatory, and. Includes bibliographical references in the first part of dantes epic poem about the three realms of the christian afterlife, a spiritual pilgrim is led by virgil. The inferno, the purgatorio, the paradiso by dante alighieri, john ciardi translator online at alibris. A passage in canto xxi, 112114, has been used by commentators to fix the fictional date of canto i as the night before good friday, april 7, 0. In the poem, hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the earth. But even before shakespeare, this book heralded in an uncommonly twisted and almost perverse story of dantes descent into hell and his description of everything he sees and those he meets. John ciardi, born to italian immigrants, grew up in boston, massachusetts. I have a number of translations of dantes the divine comedy in my home among them the translations of charles singleton, dorothy l.
The divine comedy is dantes vision of the afterlife, broken into a trilogy of the inferno, purgatory, and paradise. The divine comedy the inferno, the purgatorio, and the paradiso. Dante is given a guided tour of hell and purgatory by virgil, the pagan roman poet whom dante greatly admired and imitated, and of heaven by beatrice. Poet during his day made his recording in 1954 for smithsonian folkways records, and the liner notes of the lp, which you can download here, contain the excerpted verse rendering for the modern reader. Inferno is the first cantica section of the divine comedy by dante alighieri 126521.
I have a shelf devoted to dante, but as of today, i give the nod to jean and robert hollander for their rather recent translations. The inferno john ciardi translation by dante alighieri, paperback. He studied at bates college and tufts university, and he earned an ma from the university of michigan in 1939. It was translated by henry wadsworth longfellow 18071882. It is widely considered to be the preeminent work in italian literature and one of the greatest works of world literature. Canto 1 of dantes inferno translated by john ciardi youtube. The inferno united states ed by alighieri dante, john ciardi isbn. Dante and shakespeare divide the world between them, there is no third. And that, folks, is just the beginning just as three wild animals threaten to attack him, dante is rescued by the ghost of virgil, a celebrated roman poet and also dantes idol. This blog serves as a guide for those who wish to read the english translation of dante alighieris inferno. A text with the clarity and sobriety of a firstrate prose translation which at the same. This edition contains the english translation only. Dantes inferno audio dramatization featuring corin.
He has also edited or compiled books of letters, poetry, and bibliography. The inferno was written during dantes exile from florence, whereas it purports to recount events that occurred much earlier. The poems imaginative vision of the afterlife is representative of the. I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost.
I think it benefited from the fact that he himself was a poet of some note, as well as a scholar. Browse dante alighieris bestselling audiobooks and newest titles. Canto v inferno by dante alighieri as translated by john. So i started the audio book and read along with the voice and it worked, it started going in. Dante alighieri audio books, best sellers, author bio. Considered italys greatest poet, this scion of a florentine family mastered the art of lyric poetry at an early age. The inferno tells the journey of dante through hell, guided by the ancient roman poet virgil. Inferno is an epic poem by dante alighieri that was first published in 21. Canto i inferno by dante alighieri as translated by john. The divine comedy audiobook by clive james translator. It embraces human individuality and happiness in a way which suggests the beginning of the renaissance.
Inferno by dante alighieri as translated by john ciardi create a free website or blog at. Someone once said that dantes divine comedy was thomas aquinas summa theologica set to music and i regret that i am unable to speak italian in order to hear the music. He retains dantes three line stanzas and there is still much rhyming. The divine comedy translated by henry wadsworth longfellow with an. The divine comedy the inferno, the purgatorio, and the. The inferno follows the wanderings of the poet dante as he strays off the rightful and straight path of moral truth and gets lost in a dark wood.149 392 758 92 39 1215 1298 133 620 1143 1222 730 1245 706 1490 198 297 573 1066 1104 1313 313 1473 926 476 884 1039 494 1036 1036 55 1080 1130 465 1190