Dante's Divine comedy : hell, purgatory, paradise / by Dante Alighieri ; with illustrations by Gustave Doré ; edited and with an intoductory text by Anna Amari-Parker ; [translation by Henry W. Longfellow]
Dante Alighieri 1265-1321
PLAYAWAY. Dante's theme is universal; it involves the greatest concepts that man has ever attained. Only a genius could have found the loftiness of tone and the splendor and variety of images that are presented in The Divine Comedy. The story is an allegory representing the soul's journey from spiritual depths to spiritual heights. As mankind exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice, it experiences "Inferno" or hell, "Purgatorio" or purgatory, and "Paradiso" or heaven, a vision of a world of beauty, light, and song. A single listening will reveal the power of Dante's imagination to make the spiritual visible..