Ranked #8 in Italian, Ranked #14 in Medievalsee more rankings.

This work is designed as an introduction to Dante's Inferno. With this in mind, Longfellow's poetic translation has been juxtaposed side by side with a prose version -- the poem for enjoying the poetry without the interruption of footnotes; the prose for delving more deeply into various aspects of the work.

Most of the footnotes are taken from various translations and commentaries (listed below), some of which utilize many of the older commentators such as Boccacio, Benvenuto, Scartazzini, etc. I have avoided material thats get overly involved in language issues or meter, since...

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Nick Havely It is a close and reliable translation, with the original text on the facing page, and it also has excellent notes. (Source)

Chris Walsh The Inferno is the classic moment of people not wanting to talk about cowardice. (Source)

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