Tuesday, January 27, 2009

January 27: Dante and Beatrice in Paradise (Vol. 20, pp. 267-279)

Dante, like Milton, gets a bad reputation for being unreadable, and Dante's "Divine Comedy," which is today's selection, is deserving of this status. In this snippet, our hero is schlepping through purgatory when he runs into Beatrice, a lost and unrequited love. Dante then gets into the same hallucinatory nonsense that the "Divine Comedy" is famous for.

Not exactly easy nor interesting reading, although it's interesting that the reading guide chose a less gory and graphically violent selection to introduce the reader to Dante.

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