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The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri
Translated by C. H. Sisson
With an introduction and notes by David H. Higgins

17 April 2008

ISBN: 9780199535644

752 pages

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99



Described variously as the greatest poem of the European Middle Ages and, because of the author's evangelical purpose, the `fifth Gospel', the Divine Comedy is central to the culture of the west. The poem is a spiritual autobiography in the form of a journey - the poet travels from the dark circles of the Inferno, up the mountain of Purgatory, where Virgil, his guide leaves him to encounter Beatrice in the Earthly Paradise. Dante conceived the poem as the new epic of Christendom, and he creates a world in which reason and faith have transformed moral and social chaos into order.

Charles Sisson's blank verse translation is remarkable for its lucidity and vigour, and the Introduction, diagrams, maps, and notes by David Higgins provide the reader with invaluable guidance.

About the Author(s)

Dante Alighieri

Translated by C. H. Sisson
With an introduction and notes by David H. Higgins, Head of the School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol

Table of Contents

    Textual note
    Explanatory notes


`The pleasingly plain, readable English well reflects Dante's original eloquence.' The Times -

What is amazing about Dante's language is the fluency, the plainness, the simplicity - the sheer approachability - of his words. The sheer formal mastery of the man is quite amazing. - Michael Glover, New Statesman & Society

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