Tuesday – Where Am I? & Today’s Teaser

tuesdaywhereareyouToday I’m in Dante’s Inferno, an invisible spectator following Dante and Virgil as they make their way down into Hell. Charon, the boatman  ferries the dead across the river Acheron to the Hall of Death with the dread words “Lay down all hope, you that go in by me” has let us enter from a word of power from Virgil. And so we descend …

 

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My teaser is from pages 30 & 31 of Dante The Descent Into Hell translated byDorothy L Sayers. This in the 2nd Circle of Hell where the souls of the sexually promiscuous are being punished tossed eternally in a howling wind:

The blast of Hell that never rests from whirling

Harries the spirits along the weep of its swath ,

And vexes them, for ever beating and hurling.

 

When they are borne to the rim of the ruinous path

With cry and wail and shriek they are caught by the gust,

Railing and cursing the power of the Lord’s wrath.

Dante is so overcome with pity that he swoons: “And, as a dead man falling, down I fell.”

William Blake’s painting captures the scene:

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9 thoughts on “Tuesday – Where Am I? & Today’s Teaser”

  1. I’m glad you got a laugh out of my TT, it made me laugh too, the whole book was riddled with tiny little tidbits like that.

    I’ve never actually read Dante’s Inferno, though I know and love the story. It’s on my list for sure, I just haven’t quite gotten to it yet.

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  2. This book made a HUGE impression on me in college. I’m so thankful I had a professor and a class full of people to discuss it! Happy Tuesday.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by today for a Tuesday visit.Glad you got a chuckle of the the teaser. The picture for your teaser book is amazing as is the teaser itself.
    Happy reading!

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