Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

This meeting will be a little different, we are covering a fairly classic poem written between 1308 and 1321 - you can't say you don't get variety in the Canberra Book Club.


The poem is fairly lengthy and is divided into three main sections; Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. The book list didn't specify which part will be covered so this will be up to you. Feel free to cover any one or more sections of the poem. It is a single joined narrative so having a diversity of sections covered as part of the discussion could be interesting.


For those wanting a little more information about this before tackling a very old piece of poetry, the Wikipedia page is probably the best and easiest resource to find out a little more about it; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Comedy


Hope to see you all there

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  • Brett BJ J.

    I can't make it today; I am moving house and thought I would be finished in time, but no. I'm going through my own various levels of hell today. And next week is out too. See you guys for Wild.

    September 7, 2013

  • Kathie

    I am still making it through Paradiso.
    I will wait to see how I am going next week.

    September 7, 2013

  • Alicia

    Hi there, I can't make it on Saturday (helping out parents with shearing...) I might make the overflow session if I get through the book..

    September 5, 2013

  • Brett BJ J.

    If you haven't bought the book and don't want to, or if you're looking for some extra material to help understand the text, I have found this excellent website called "World of Dante" that has the entire Divine Comedy available in the Italian and English texts, side by side. You can also click on the links on the right to view extra material, like explanations of the creatures, deities, people, places etc. mentioned by Dante.

    There is also a imgae gallery of famous artworks based on Dante's masterpiece, as well as recordings of the liturgical chants and hymns mentioned in Purgatorio and Paradiso.

    Here is a link to Inferno, on the website I mentioned. To read each canto, click on the drop-down menu at the right and click the canto you wish to read.

    2 · August 22, 2013

  • Kate

    Sorry, I'm going to be away that weekend now.

    August 20, 2013

  • Kathie

    I have been reading Clove James translation. However I have also found a study guide helpful. There are also some free open uni lectures on the iTunes U app. It's the first time I have tackled something like this since studying Chaucers Canterbury Tales at High school. I am enjoying it..but it needs the extra effort.

    August 19, 2013

    • Kathie

      Sorry not nimble fingered...meant Clive James...

      August 19, 2013

  • Ann

    Sorry folks - I tried to make a start on this one but have found it more or less impenetrable - never did really get poetry. I hope you understand it more than I have.

    July 12, 2013

    • Cassy La C.

      I.... have had the same problem.

      August 19, 2013

  • Brett BJ J.

    Interesting article from early April this year, about "Pluto's Gate" in Turkey, a portal filled with noxious fumes that kills anybody who enters.
    Archaeologists uncovered the ruins of a circular temple near the entrance, including Ionic columns. One of the columns held a dedication to Pluto and Kore, the gods of the underworld.
    The portal has been filled with deadly gas since the Greek history Strabo wrote about it in 24AD.

    I wonder if this may have been a bit of an inspiration behind Dante's 'Inferno'. I could just imagine "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate" written on the doorway above the entrance.


    1 · August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just realised I will be away that weekend.

    June 12, 2013

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