La Divina Commedia - Inferno

The Divine Comedy - Hell

Dante Alighieri

Language I'm Learning: Italian
Language I Understand: English

This narrative poem is considered to have established the standard for the Italian language and is considered one of the greatest works of world literature.

Published: 1320


The Divine Comedy is a long Italian narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed in 1320. It is widely considered to be the pre-eminent work in Italian literature and one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative vision of the afterlife is representative of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church by the 14th century. It helped establish the Tuscan language, in which it is written, as the standardized Italian language. It is divided into three parts: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.
The Inferno tells the journey of Dante through Hell, guided by the ancient Roman poet Virgil.
The Engish text is Longfellow's translation.

La Divina Commedia, originalmente Commedìa, è un poema di Dante Alighieri, capolavoro del poeta fiorentino, considerata la più importante testimonianza letteraria della civiltà medievale e una delle più grandi opere della letteratura universale.
È diviso in tre parti chiamate cantiche: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso; il poeta immagina di compiervi un viaggio ultraterreno.
Il poema, pur continuando i modi caratteristici della letteratura e dello stile medievali (ispirazione religiosa, fine morale, linguaggio e stile basati sulla percezione visiva e immediata delle cose), tende a una rappresentazione ampia e drammatica della realtà, ben lontana dalla spiritualità tipica del Medioevo, tesa a cristallizzare la visione del reale.

Credits:
Text Files: www.gutenberg.org Audio Files: www.librivox.org Dictionary and Verb Conjugations: www.wikitionary.org


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