Purgatorio: A New Verse Translation

Purgatorio: A New Verse Translation by Dante Alighieri 1556594615 9781556594618
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"Were Merwin not one of Americas most admired poets, he would still be as famous as translators get." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"In the foreword to his new translation [of Purgatorio], Merwin . . . writes feelingly of his 30-year obsession with the poem. And indeed, the flaws as well as the virtues of his new rendering may be said to stem from a profound reverence for the original." --The New York Times

W.S. Merwins rendition of the Purgatorio is considered a pinnacle and highlight from a prolific and celebrated career in poetry and translation. The most neglected and arguably the most rewarding book of Dantes Divine Comedy, Purgatorio finds Dante undertaking the arduous journey of scaling the terraces of Mount Purgatory. Presented in a bilingual edition with the translators notes and commentary, Merwins interpretation of Dantes great poem of sin, repentance, and salvation is a profoundly moving work of art and a luminous translation for our time. When asked why he translated this book, as opposed to the Inferno or Paradiso, Merwin responded, "The Purgatorio is more like life."

From "Canto XXII"

And I went on, lighter than I had been
at the other passageways, so that without
effort I climbed after the swift spirits,
when Virgil began, "Love that is set alight
by virtue always sets alight another
if only its flame can be seen shining out

W.S. Merwin is one of Americas greatest poets and translators. He won the Pulitzer Prize twice, most recently for The Shadow of Sirius. He lives in Hawaii, where the Governor declared Merwins birthday--September 30--"W.S. Merwin Day."

Author: Dante Alighieri

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 400

Publisher: Copper Canyon Press

Publication Date: 2018-07-03


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