Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,

Divine Comedy

I've been taking advantage of my extra time at home during the pandemic to read. I started with a classic - Dante's Divine Comedy. I had never read it before, but Dad had a copy in his office that I've borrowed the past two months. Thanks, Dad!

Divine Comedy is a 14th century Italian poem that tells about the story of one man, Dante. He begins the story lost in a dark wood, astray in his life and confused. Divine intervention arrives and two guides lead Dante on an epic journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. Along the way, he meets many people and learns about their experiences in life. He is also confronted with his own heart. Step by step, he makes his way toward God and clearer understanding of himself, the world, and God's divinity.

I really enjoyed it. It's beautifully written and filled with incredible depictions, meaning, and inspiration for pondering. As I read, I kept a notebook and jotted down some of my favorite lines and passages.


Divine Comedy and my notebook


I started with Milton and Dante, first reading some of Milton's translations of the Psalms and then diving into Dante.


Selected pages of my notebook:


Tags: books, classics, dante

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