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The Divine Comedy (Italian: Commedia, later christened “Divina” by Giovanni Boccaccio), written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, the last great work of literature of the Middle Ages and the first great work of the Renaissance. A culmination of the medieval world-view of the afterlife, it establishes the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature.The Divine Comedy is composed of three canticas (or “cantiche”) — Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise) — composed each of 33 cantos (or “canti”). The very first canto serves as an introduction to the poem and is generally not considered to be part of the first cantica, bringing the total number of cantos to 100.The poet tells in the first person his travel through the three realms of the dead, lasting during the Easter Triduum in the spring of 1300.

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It feels ungracious to criticize let alone complain, given that the unpaid readers are willing to do what I am not, but the first reader was so gifted that I was quite disappointed in the next two. The fact that this is one of the great masterpieces of epic poetry and Longfellow's gorgeous and amazing translation is its own gift to the English speaking world helps to motivate me to press on. But I do hope that when a better reading comes along, the stilted and unmusical renderings included here will be retired and the better one put in their place.

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