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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. I would suggest: The Divine Comedy – translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  

It will be important to read the introduction (currently free of charge) for INFERNOPURGATORY & HEAVEN. 

From Yale University:

Gustave Doré’s (1832-1883) illustrations  

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