Title: The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: The ...
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Publication Date: 1948
New York. 1948. Pantheon Books. 1st Printing Of This Edition. Good In Hardcover With Worn Edges. No Dustjacket. Translated by Lawrence Grant White into English Blank Verse. Engravings by Gustave Dore. 188 pages. hardcover. keywords: Literature Italy Translated. inventory # 16850. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Uniting the most powerful energies of popular culture and the magnificent gothic edifice of Medieval scholasticism, Dante created a new language that combined an intense lyricism with the intellectual seriousness demanded of his project - nothing less than the creation of a Christian epic addressed to the common reader. Dante's synthesis of epic with lyric has bequeathed to modern artists and translators a permanent imperative to translate his art into contemporary, living speech. From the TRANSLATOR’S NOTE - In the DIVINE COMEDY Dante describes his imaginary journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. No other poem in any language has had such a wide appeal: the conception is so lofty, the music so beautiful, and the interest of the narrative so sustained, that its importance has steadily increased. For the last six hundred years learned commentaries have been accumulating; and so, inevitably, have the translations. The luckless translator can never recapture the beauty of Dante’s music. He must try to convey the meaning, often obscure, as musically as he can in another tongue. In this version the aim has been to tell Dante’s story as simply and accurately as possible. Any archaic and unfamiliar constructions that would impede the swift pace of the narrative have been avoided, although the second person singular has been used in the PARADISO - for such is the language of heaven. As the ‘terza rima’ form of the original is alien to English, blank verse has been chosen, the form used by Milton in PARADISE LOST. In his foreword to that poem, he says: ‘The measure is English heroic verse without rime, as that of Homer in Greek, and of Virgil in Latin - rime being no necessary adjunct or true ornament of poem or good verse, in longer works especially, but the invention of a barbarous age, to set off wretched matter and lame metre; graced indeed since by the use of some famous modern poets, carried away by custom, but much to their own vexation, hindrance, and constraint to express many things otherwise, and for the most part worse, than else they would have expressed them.’ It is natural that the scenes so vividly described by Dante should have inspired many artists - such as Botticelli, Flaxman and Blake - to depict them. Most famous of all the illustrations are those of Gustave Dore (1833-1883) whose dramatic portrayals, particularly of the horrors of the INFERNO, are unsurpassed. A careful selection, reproduced from the original illustrations, embellish this edition. Good In Hardcover With Worn Edges. No Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 16850
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