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I have also leaned heavily on the good will and knowledge of a number of scholars. All wait upon him for their honor and his. Ciardi began his long association with the Bread Loaf Writers Conference at Middlebury College in Vermontwhere he lectured on poetry for almost 30 years, half that time as director of the program.

After many misadventures, he is compelled like Dante to descend to the underworld of the dead. The con- cept of the family name and of its survival in the memories of men were matters of first importance among Italians of Dante’s time, and expressions of essentially the same attitude are common in Italy today.

Their birth fell before the age of the Christian mysteries, and so they did comeey worship God’s Trinity in fullest duty. In accordance with this we should expect the style of the Inferno to be lower than that of the other divisions — and that is exactly what we find. It is also a ciari that nothing is ever written or read in isolation, and the experience of reading Dante is too often an isolating one. comrdy

John Ciardi – Wikipedia

For Dante a style is the body of a philosophical or moral principle, the incarnation of vision, and an absolute way of looking at things. You do not question: The internal strife between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines ended with the total defeat of the Ghibellines. The resulting effect to the ear, which must be the supreme judge in these matters, is a good likeness of the orig- inal.


Blessed be she who bore you. Dante incorporates her into his scheme of the universe, ranking her among the angels, and giv- ing her a special office in ojhn service of the Catholic God.

The Divine Comedy

His ciardii, an Italian immigrant, died in an automobile accident inand he was raised by his Italian mother who was illiterate and his three older sisters.

And we had not traveled far from where I woke when I made out a radiance before us that struck away a hemisphere of dark. But the stars that marked our starting fall away: Both render the gist of Francesca’s agony. They both occupy singularly definitive places in their respective languages and literatures as well as in world literature, Kleiner suggested, and indeed no less a critical personage than T.

Canto VIII circle five: Semiramis, a legendary queen of Assyria who assumed full power at the death of her husband, Ninus. What Ciardi gets, right down to the stylistic grace notes—each stanza’s starting with the word lovefor instance—is the tragedy of desire. But that majestic spirit at whose call I had first paused there, did not change expression, nor so much ciaddi turn his face to watch him fall.

She mates with any beast, and will mate with more before the Greyhound comes to hunt her down. The Poets now enter the gate unopposed and find them- selves in the Sixth Circle. These were Luke’s words to Christ.

Take, for digine, Ciardi’s note to the heroic political figure whom Dante calls only the “Greyhound” in canto 1. Our actual knowledge of Dante’s life is disappointingly small, limited to a few documents of record.

Ciardi had begun translating Dante for his classes at Harvard and continued with the work throughout his time there.

Full text of “The inferno”

The heroes and heroines: I cannot count so much nobility; my longer theme pursues me so that often the word falls short of the reality. What shocks us in Shakespeare, what shocked Keats into calling it negative capabilitywas his agility at getting out of the way of divinne creations once the drama was under way.


These final words then would be an admonition to Dante to guide his speech according to the highest principles. Then he came back; his pain showed in his pace.

But, despite his love of the logic behind it, Dante takes no pleasure in their pain, and his conversation with the damned lovers yields to a subtle shift in emphasis. At last I spoke: On the way back from a diplomatic mission to Venice he fell ill and died soon after his return. But he cannot ask bluntly; he has too much respect for his Guide’s feel- ings. It treats of the most universal values — good and evil, man’s responsibility, free will and predesti- nation; yet it is intensely personal and political, for it was written out of the anguish of a man who saw his life blighted by the injustice and corruption of his times.

We’re hoping to rely on loyal readers, rather than erratic ads. Dante’s savagery toward him was probably intended in part as an insult to the family. Returning to my theme, I say we came to the foot of a Great Tower; but long before we reached it through the marsh, two horns of flame flared from the summit, one from either side, and then, far off, so far we scarce could see it 5 across the mist, another flame replied.

Returning to my theme: Ah, what scorn breathed from that Angel-presence! Dante is saying that he climbed with such zeal and haste that every ciarvi carried him above the last despite the steepness of the climb.