Tag: Inferno

Dante 2015: Inferno part 3: Cantos 24-34

Series Index John Ciardi’s Translation of the Commedia Hypocrites and Church-Thieves Living seven hundred years after Dante’s poetic career makes the final stretch of Inferno a particular philosophical challenge, largely because our temptation is to view all things “medieval” as somehow homogenous rather than parts of a grand philosophical and moral debate.  (My hunch is that…

Dante 2015: Inferno part 2: Cantos 12-23

Series Index John Ciardi’s Translation of the Commedia The Democratization of American Sins One popular topic for invention among youth-group kids in the mid-nineties (and I was one for a spell) was the democracy of sinners.  In terms of eternal salvation, the game started, all sins, whether genocide or looking at a girl in a short…