The Divine Comedy - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
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The Divine Comedy - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

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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 SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199535644
Number of pages: 752
Weight: 521 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 48 mm


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`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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“The Divine Comedy”

THE DIVINE POETWith Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri forms the diptych of the greatest literary figures ever to grace humanity. T.S. Eliot said: "Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them, there is... More

Paperback edition
9th June 2008
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“Definate must”

Really nicely made book, loads of original pictures, great artwork, classic piece of literature. Very pleased with this purchase and would highly recommend. Translated well into english

Leather / fine binding edition
26th October 2013
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“Thoroughly recommended”

I bought this as a gift and the recipient was delighted. The actual book is absolutely beautiful, with some wonderful illustrations. Obviously the literature speaks for itself - a real classic. Highly recommended!

Leather / fine binding edition
13th January 2014
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