Dante, How to Know Him

Dante, How to Know Him

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Dante, How to Know Him

Dante, How to Know Him

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The purpose of this book is to make some of the unparalleled beauty and common sense of The Divine Comedy accessible to many who are wholly unfamiliar with the poem, or are kept from it by its reputed difficulties. To this end, after some brief explanation of these difficulties, we turn at once to representative passages, for the most part translated outright, but in some instances paraphrased or condensed. These passages give the complete unfolding of the story, together with its moral and philosophical significance. That some entire cantos are omitted from Hell, while no entire canto is omitted from Purgatory, or Paradise, is because condensation is imperative in such a book. The condensation has been made mostly in the Hell, because less of it is required to impress a new reader with an understanding of its essential character than is required to impress such a reader with the very different but not less essential character of Purgatory or Paradise. Long ago Lowell pointed out the misfortune . . .

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