Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Dante: The Inferno

At the end of a summer spent working with Italians, I've decided to re-read La Commedia.  I read the Dorothy L Sayers translation when I was a teenager, and loved it, (though I gave up very early in  Paradise).  Probably, I'll get a lot more out of in now than I did then.

This time I'm going with the Hollander, which is starting with promise: I read the Introduction last night, which managed to deal with complicated ideas regarding allegory and hold my attention, and I read the 1st Canto this morning, and it works as poetry.

The Princeton Dante Project is a useful resource.  And I especially like the Italian audio, so that I can hear it as well as read it in the original.