Divine Comedy

Divine Comedy

by Dante Alighieri, Robin Kirkpatrick (Translator)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Reprint, ©2013, ISBN: 9780143107194
Trade Paperback, 752 pages
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This translation by Henry Francis Cary is rarely read today but was quite popular at the beginning of the 19th century. Published in a one-volume edition by Wordsworth Classics, it includes the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso all rendered in blank verse without any attempt to reproduce Dante's triple-rhyme. Instead, the Anglican clergyman focused on accuracy and faithfulness to the original, and the resulting translation is very formal but still highly readable. Cary's translation is the one that made The Divine Comedy popular to English poets like Keats, Blake, and others. This edition includes an introduction, chronology, bibliography, and other academic helps.

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