Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dinner with Socrates, No. 5 at the Bosconian Review ~ What the Hell?

Reading:“The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri, translated by John Ciardi

Overview:
We have all heard of Dante, but many fewer of us have actually read him, and we are often surprised by the high praise of those who have delved deeply into his Comedia.  T. S. Elliot famously remarked that “Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them. There is no third.”  The reasons that any reader may find Dante great are many—his grand vision, unique poetic form, vivid imagery, and theological depth are mentioned by some.  In any case, we should make room in our summer reading for Dante, if we have not encountered him yet.
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