Described variously as the greatest poem of the European Middle Ages and,
because of the author's evangelical purpose, the `fifth Gospel', the Divine
Comedy is central to the culture of the west. The poem is a spiritual
autobiography in the form of a journey - the poet travels from the dark
circles of the Inferno, up the mountain of Purgatory, where Virgil, his
guide leaves him to encounter Beatrice in the Earthly Paradise. Dante
conceived the poem as the new epic of Christendom, and he creates a world
in which reason and faith have transformed moral and social chaos into
order. Charles Sisson's blank verse translation is remarkable for its
lucidity and vigour, and the Introduction, diagrams, maps, and notes by
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Dante Alighieri,—The Divine Comedy

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