Dante's Inferno: Translations by Twenty Contrmporary Poets, by DANTE ALIGHIERI
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- ISBN: 9780880013734 | 0880013737
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 4/12/2010
In the middle of the journey of our life where the straight road had been lost sight of.How hard it is to say what it was like in the thick of thickets, in a wood so dense and gnarled the very thought of it renews my panic.It is bitter almost as death itself is bitter. But to rehearse the good it also brought me How I got into it I cannot clearly say for I was moving like a sleepwalker the moment I stepped out of the right way, But when I came to the bottom of a hill standing off at the far end of that valley where a great terror had disheartened mealready in the rays of the planet which leads and keeps men straight on every road.Then I sensed a quiet influence settling into those depths in me that had been rocked and pitifully troubled all night longAnd as a survivorgasping on,the sand turns his head back to study in a daze the dangerous combers, so my mindTurned back, although it was reeling forward, back to inspect a pass that had proved fatal heretofore to everyone who entered.then began to climb up the waste slopes once more with my firm foot always the lower one beneath meWhen suddenly the spotted fluent shape of a leopard crossed my path not far up from the bottom of the slope, Harrying me, confronting my advance, loping round me, leaping in my face so that I turned back downhill more than once.The morning was beginning all above,the sun was rising up among the stars that rose with him when the Divine LoveFirst set those lovely things in motion, so I was encouraged to face with better hope the beast skipping in its merry skinBy