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The Divine Comedy

One of the greatest poems of world literature is The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. In many ways this work is far more than simply a consideration of the state of souls after death; it is an allegory about human ethics. In the three possible  future world’s lies reward or punishment and great poetry here! 

The choice of translation is essential in this reading. 
Seek the translated version by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
You may also wish to see the introduction (currently free of charge) for INFERNOPURGATORY & HEAVEN. 

This very long page contains several items: 
1) Open source text.
2) Videos about this amazing work.
3) Drawings of scenes within the Divine Comedy as imagined by Gustave Doré.

Note: In order to fully “take in” the wonder of this work you may wish to devote a daily set amount of time to reading as much as possible OUT LOUD.  Let your voice join Eternity.  

WARNING: CONTENT ON THIS PAGE IS NOT TO BE VIEWED BY CHILDREN ALONE!
Children:  always seek the guidance of a guardian or parent as there are some parts of this epic poem which by definition (Hell and Purgatory) will be scary.  Note: Also, here on this page there are drawings that SHOULD NOT be seen by a child alone. So … Kids: Till you get the green light – you would be best to stop using this site and click to see less dramatic content  >>  From the BBC – The 11 greatest children’s books.

Amazing Lecture Series From Yale University:



Gustave Doré’s (1832-1883) illustrations  

The original version of these images are FAR BETTER and higher in resolution. So, … If you want to see the higher resolution content make sure to use this link to Google Images.  What I provide here is the best balance between large images and fast download. (Hence the contrast and clarity is degraded).  

Further reading: About Paul-Gustave Doré, (born January 6, 1832). 

You will also want to discover the work of William Blake – as a comparison!

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KIDS – PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS SITE ALONE!

WARNING: THIS CONTENT IS NOT TO BE VIEWED WITHOUT THE GUIDANCE AND SUPERVISION OF AN ADULT!

AGAIN: SOME OF THESE IMAGES ARE EXTREMELY SCARY AND SHOULD NOT BE VIEWED BY A CHILD ALONE!

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Further reading: Poetry Foundation and this site: worldofdante.org

 


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