justme813 (justme813) wrote in ilcommedia,


Hello... I've been reading Dante for several years now,  and have some questions

1. Did anyone else find it hardest to get through Paradise?  I've read that, in general, the Third segment of the Divine Comedy is the hardest to get through because Dante had no basis for his writing... he could empathize with those suffering in Hell or struggling through Purgatory, but when it came to unadulterated bliss and happiness... he was lost.  And how exactly does one describe God the Trinity?  Good effort with the glowing rings, but i felt it lacked the jaw-dropping mind-melting intensity of his writings on Hell... 

2.  Which translation is your favorite?  So far the best I've found was Lawrence Grant White... but i've read Charles Eliot Norton as well and bits of John Ciardi... opinions?

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