Tag Archives: Dante

My More Difficult Reads – To Date

The other day, with my post on The Brothers Karamazov being a difficult but satisfying read, it got me to thinking about some of the more difficult books I’ve read over the course of the last couple of years.  So this wonderful Sunday morning, I thought I’d go ahead and discuss further some of my […]

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Final Thoughts On The Divine Comedy

Wow!  I can’t believe I actually made it through Dante’s The Divine Comedy.  What a rewarding experience!  I’m so glad I decided to tackle such an interesting and difficult piece of literature/poetry.  My first foray into poetry couldn’t have been better.  By far, it is one of the most challenging works I have ever undertaken.  […]

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Review of The Paradiso

I just completed Dante’s The Paradiso.  Out of the three canticles, I found this one to be the most religious, philosophical, and political, of The Divine Comedy.  I continued to see the theme where Dante is full of pride, not only about his ability as a poet, but that his style of poetry is the […]

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Teaser Tuesdays – The Paradiso

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.  Anyone can play along!  Just do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!  (make sure that what you share doesn’t give […]

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Teaser Tuesdays – The Paradiso

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.  Anyone can play along!  Just do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!  (make sure that what you share doesn’t give […]

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Now Reading – The Paradiso

With the completion of the second canticle, The Purgatorio, of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, I will now finish the epic by reading the third canticle, The Paradiso.  As with the previous canticles, I will be reading the Barnes and Noble Classics version of the book, translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  Here is what the back […]

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The Purgatorio – Final Thoughts

My final thoughts, now that I have completed my journey with The Purgatorio, are wow!  It took me longer to read this canticle than it did The Inferno.  While I enjoyed The Inferno, there’s something about The Purgatorio that really piques my interest. It seems like something is missing from it though, something that’s right […]

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Terrestrial Paradise

Finally, in these concluding cantos of The Purgatorio, Dante will come face-to-face with Beatrice!  He has successfully traveled through the nine levels of hell, and the mountain of purgatory.  In these cantos, we see that Dante’s guide has returned to limbo.  Beatrice has now assumed that role. What really stands out to me in these […]

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The Terrace of Lust

Wow!  Talk about some serious pain for the purgation of lust, here on the seventh, and final terrace of Purgatory.  If I were to rank the punishments, this one would definitely be in the top 3.  Both those sinners who were guilty of same-sex, and heterosexual lust, were required to walk through an area of fire while […]

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Teaser Tuesday – The Purgatorio

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.  Anyone can play along!  Just do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!  (make sure that what you share doesn’t give […]

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