Alighieri, Dante

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 into the lower nobility of Florence, to Alighiero di Bellincione d’Alighiero, a moneylender. A precocious student, Dante’s education focused on rhetoric and grammar. He also became enamored with a young girl, Beatrice Portinari, whose death in 1290 caused a lot of saddness to say the very, very least…

Beauty awakens the soul to act.

Love moves the sun and the other stars.

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

The Divine Comedy of Dante
“Purgatory & Paradise”
The Divine Comedy of Dante

The Reverend Henry Francis Cary (1772–1844) was a British author and translator, best known for his blank verse translation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. That’s the version here:

In Our Time
Dante’s ‘Inferno’ — a medieval journey through the nine circles of Hell — is discussed in this BBC Radio 4 podcast.
“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” This famous phrase is written above the gate of Hell in a 14th century poem by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. The poem is called the ‘Divine Comedy’ and Hell is known as ‘Dante’s Inferno’. It is a lurid vision of the afterlife complete with severed heads, cruel and unusual punishments and devils in frozen lakes. But the inferno is much more than a trip into the macabre – it is a map of medieval spirituality, a treasure house of early renaissance learning, a portrait of 14th century Florence, and an acute study of human psychology. It is also one of the greatest poems ever written.
— Host, Melvyn Bragg, discuses this topic with Margaret Kean, University Lecturer in English and College Fellow at St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford; John Took, Professor of Dante Studies at University College London and Claire Honess, Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Leeds and Co-Director of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies.