It's overrated but worth reading just so that you can understand "purgatorio" better. >>7557717 Well I have no idea about modern italian translations but you could try reading it in english. Mandelbaum is a pretty easy to understand english translation you might want to give a try.
Read about Dante before you read Dante. It's very difficult to grasp his importance on your own. For my part, the more I read about classical and Biblical ideas the more shocked and awe-struck I am by his thought: monumentally creative.
Bertrand Russell states in the intro to History of Western Philosophy that he achieved a synthesis between the classical and medieval worldviews, which was at that point in time a monumental achievement and inaugurated an era of intellectual thought that reigned supreme for over a century.
also I enjoyed Inferno the least. You should really read the whole Comedy. Purgatorio is filled with a ton of just-plain-good advice for living and self transforming. Paradiso has some seriously awesome mystical, borderline psychedelic language that blew me away.
Don't get hung up too much on the details and the footnotes. There are scholars who spend their whole careers on Dante. To be honest it makes the most sense to read Dante after Homer and the Bible but it still "works" even if you're not bringing anything to the table. It has a novelistic quality (in terms of a clear linear theme of moral ascension) and some of the imagery withstands translation and can be appreciated by fifth graders.
The Sinclair translation isn't particularly fantastic but it has a nice commentary on each chapter and got the job done. Most people I've spoken to about it have recommended if you want to get the most out of it you either read it in the original language or read multiple translations.
I did read it in the original volgare in high school, and I still remember it fondly. It's an extremely beautiful book and while I do not care, for the most part, for the references to the canon (and really there are a fuckton. Homer and the Bible and Cicero and the Liber Scalae...) the way Dante creates a world of narratives is quite peerless (although, thinking about it now, I do see a few similarities with Basho's Narrow Road to the Deep North). I echo other anons' statement and advise you to read it whole, especially Paradiso for it is the mkst lyrical and beautiful of the three.
Beautiful verses, diverse symbolisms, scathing critique against the politicians and clerics of his time and his town; all the travel through inferno, purgatorio and paradiso can be interpreted as the search of Beatrice's love, hundreds of references to classic literature , the bible and the medieval philosophy ;a exposition of christian dogma......
>>7558517 I'm a pleb and really struggled with Longfellow. >>7559363 >He has fluent knowledge of Latin, Italian, French, Russian, German, Spanish as well as English. >Expects everyone else to have the same knowledge. wew
English is disgusting language desu, its too economical, very bad for poetry. I read Dante in polish, ad it was far better, polish has always multiple words that means same, unlike english. English is shit language for poetry, and shit language overrall
>read it when was 18 years old in my second language (english), reading sloppy, not caring much about how it was written/references, liked it.
>read it again at 21, in my first language (brazilian portuguese) after getting into philosophy, the holy bible and some great christianity literature, taking my time to study the references, enjoying every verse, fucking masterpiece, does not even seem I read the same book
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