Sometimes a book falls into your hands at exactly the right moment
Virtuous Pagans Awakened from his first swoon by a “monstrous clap of thunder,” Dante finds that they have crossed Acheron and are now positioned “on the very brink of the valley called the Dolorous Abyss, the desolate chasm where rolls the thunder of Hell’s eternal cry” (Canto IV.7-9). Yet, as they descend into the first
The Good of Intellect Dante’s voyage into hell formally begins in Canto III as his guide, Virgil, reach the entry gate. Above the gate, carved in stone, is the foreboding inscription: “I AM THE WAY INTO THE CITY OF WOE. I AM THE WAY TO A FORSAKEN PEOPLE. I AM THE WAY INTO ETERNAL SORROW.
Stars & Resurrection “This fell at the first widening of the dawn as the sun was climbing Aries with those stars that rode with him to light the new creation.” (Canto I.37-39) We know so little of stars now. Drowned by the wrong kinds of light, we seldom glimpse them, let alone enjoy them. When
Recently, I began teaching The Inferno, the first and best known part of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, for the first time in several years. Sadly, I had forgotten much of its beauty and power. To ensure that my current encounter sticks a bit longer, I have decided to blog my way through hell, drawing attention