|The Divine Comedy. Dante Alighieri. Inferno. Purgatorio. Paradiso|
I'm beginning a slow descent...
I'm enjoying a thorough, careful reading of "The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri. I'm still traveling through the circles of Hell, partway through the Cantos of the Inferno. Then onward to Purgatorio and Paradiso.
An epic masterpiece and a foundational work of the Western canon, The Divine Comedy describes Dante's descent into Hell with Virgil as his guide; his ascent of Mount Purgatory and reunion with his dead love, Beatrice; and, finally, his arrival in Heaven. Examining questions of faith, desire, and enlightenment and furnished with semiautobiographical details, Dante's poem is a brilliantly nuanced and moving allegory of human redemption.