Tag: Purgatorio

Dante 2015: Purgatorio part 3: Cantos 25-33

Series Index John Ciardi’s Translation of the Commedia When Knowledge Passes Away Virgil’s long explanation of the genesis of souls and bodies poses a particular sort of intellectual challenge: this version of how human bodies develop reached its expiration date long before I was born, and there’s little chance that the refined-blood theory of human reproduction,…

Dante 2015: Purgatorio part 2: Cantos 13-24

Series Index John Ciardi’s Translation of the Commedia The Speech of the Saved I’ve taught Dante’s Purgatorio to three cohorts of upper-division literature students, and each time, the students do alright among the prideful.  Carrying a grand rock seems unpleasant, to be sure, but it stoops them down, and students get that basic body motion.  They…

Dante 2015: Purgatorio part 1: Cantos 1-12

Series Index John Ciardi’s Translation of the Commedia Worthy of the Kingdom Dante couldn’t care less about my evangelical sensibility and sensitivities, and I love him for that. Even beyond the fact that a third of the Commedia has to do with Purgatory, a state of post-mortem being that I’m not supposed to believe in, and…