The Complete Danteworlds A Reader's Guide to the Divine

The Complete Danteworlds A Reader's Guide to the Divine

The Complete Danteworlds A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☃ The Complete Danteworlds A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy Author Guy P. Raffa – Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy has despite its enormous popularity and importance often stymied readers with its multitudinous characters references and themes But until the publication in 2007 of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy has despite Danteworlds A Epub Ú its enormous popularity and importance often stymied readers with its multitudinous characters references and themes But The Complete MOBI :Ú until the publication in of Guy Raffa’s guide to the Inferno students lacked a suitable resource to help them navigate Dante’s underworld Complete Danteworlds A Epub Ü With this new guide to the entire Divine Comedy Raffa provides readers—experts in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Dante neophytes and everyone in Complete Danteworlds A Reader's Guide PDF/EPUB or between—with a map of the entire poem from the lowest circle of Hell to the highest sphere of ParadiseBased on Raffa’s original research and his many years of teaching the poem to undergraduates The Complete Danteworlds charts a simultaneously geographical and textual journey canto by canto region by region adhering closely to the path taken by Dante himself through Hell Purgatory and Paradise This invaluable reference also features study uestions illustrations of the realms and regional summaries Interpreting Dante’s poem and his sources Raffa fashions detailed entries on each character encountered as well as on many significant historical religious and cultural allusions.

10 thoughts on “The Complete Danteworlds A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy

  1. Kalliope Kalliope says:

    This has been an excellent companion during my read of Dante’s Commedia It has been my Virgil my Beatrice and my Saint Bernard It has held me by the hand as I proceeded together with the Dante group to read a Canto a Day or 100 days 1333333 It was a parallel readMost Dante editions come loaded with footnotes and these though necessary make the reading somewhat cumbersome One has to interrupt one’s walking pace continuallyGuy P Raffa is a Professor at the University of Texas in Austin In parallel to the book there is the website which I however have not used I believe other people in the group didThe book is organized in thee large sections corresponding to the three books of the Commedia Inferno Purgatorio and Paradiso But within these there are many smaller Units covering between 2 5 Cantos each The Units then have various Segments The first deals with the overall theme of the grouping which helps tremendously It is followed by “Encounters” which gives us the background to the many personalities that Dante encounters in his pilgrimage These can be his contemporaries in the very complex political world of the Mediterranean world as well as mythological and Christian figures from earlier times As most of these characters do not belong to our culture this information is very welcome Raffa’s text also includes cross references since some of the personalities are encountered than once Then “Allusions” follows; giving background to any other aspect that is not a personage And finally there is a collection of selected uotes or “Significant Verses” and a few “Study uestions” I did not pay too much attention to these last twoAlthough a fair amount of the information provided by Raffa may be found also in the footnotes of any edition here they are tightly put together My method was to read a Section before proceeding with the corresponding part in Dante’s workIt helped tremendously Otherwise I would not be looking forward to reading my very last two chapters of Commedia tomorrowThanks to Raffa I will reach the ultimate Light

  2. Bryan--Treasurer, Middlemarch Appreciation Society Bryan--Treasurer, Middlemarch Appreciation Society says:

    Although I liked Guy Raffa's book and found it helpful I have mixed feelings about recommending it Those who will find it of the most help are those who do not have notes included with their version of The Divine Comedy something all the public domain editions lack so far that I've seen or only cursory notes I've heard on good authority that the Ciardi and Hollander translations both have copious notes to go with the text though I haven't seen them myself so in those cases Raffa's book may be superfluous Another reason I'm on the fence about it is because I felt that in the end it was still rather superficial Perhaps to be the kind of book I was hoping that it would be it would have been twice as long; still Raffa's book is a handy summation of the events and the allusions but not much on critical insights Over the course of reading The Divine Comedy I used several translations and three different free books downloaded for kindle The first a translation by James Sibbald in 1884 The Inferno had a good enough set of notes when I double checked The Complete Danteworlds I felt it was redundent For Purgatorio I found a translation on Google books by Thomas Okey and while it had decent notes as well I found Danteworlds to be of help The last a translation of all three books by Rev H F Cary had no notes whatsoever but it was here where I had to rely a great deal on Raffa's book that I thought it showed some of its problemsFirst I thought the layout and organization of the book could have been better Danteworlds is set up so that each section of Hell Purgatory or Paradise recieves a chapter no matter how many cantos it takes to move from one stage to the next Each chapter is then split into five parts a summary a list of encounters a list of allusions significant verses and study uestions As a teacher Mr Raffa probably felt this had worked well for him in the classroom but for the independent reader it causes a lot of shuffling back and forth in the Encounters section for instance the author might have a paragraph for canto A then one for Canto B and then Canto C But when the reader turns the page and gets to the Allusion section the author returns to Canto A then B then C If one were to read through an entire section of The Comedy The Fifth Circle of Hell for instance or the Third Terrace of Purgatory and then turn to Mr Raffa's book it might be possible to read straight through his chapter and everything would make sense But if a reader only read one canto at a time and tried to digest that before moving on the layout of Danteworlds forces him to flip back and forth For this reader at least I would have much preferred that each canto was treated completely before addressing the next Also for me as well the study uestions and the significant verses were of little interestThere were also times when I still had to make use of online resources to hunt down a particular reference that was missed in Danteworlds this was very rare though And given the fact that there is a ton of references in The Divine Comedy to classical literature and mythology as well as the current to Dante situation in Italy I don't suppose I should be too surprised that it just wasn't possible to stuff them all into one study guide I'm afraid I've made it sound as though I didn't like the book that would be wrongI'm glad I had it and I think it helped But I'm not sure that it would make much of a supplement if the edition of Dante you already have has its own notes

  3. Judith Detert-Moriarty Judith Detert-Moriarty says:

    Not enough time to read the complete Divine Comedy or need help in understanding the classic trilogy? The Complete Danteworlds is an invaluable resource for dissecting the characters the relationships the themes and Summaries by each canto it breaks down each of the 3 books into easily comprehended sections enhancing the Dante reading experience This is a must read for everyone delving into Dante's Divine Comedy

  4. Neelam Babul Neelam Babul says:

    A resourceful guide to the Divine Comedy The Divine Comedy is an epic poem and often difficult to understand and interpret by the contemporary reader This reader's guide by Raffa is very helpful in making sense of the poem and analysing its structure as well as the complex symbolic instruments presented in the poem

  5. Pastor Ben Pastor Ben says:

    It was helpful on some level but it didn't make me excited to be reading the Divine Comedy

  6. Ben De Bono Ben De Bono says:

    This is a solid companion for the Divine Comedy I wouldn't recommend reading it independently of TDC but rather alongside it TDC is simply too dense and the details in Danteworlds to specific to be of much benefit unless you have the text fresh in your mind while reading this Each section in Danteworlds begins with a summary of the Circle Terrace or Sphere in uestion followed by notes and comments My recommendation would be to read the Danteworlds summary first followed by the Cantos in TDC that were just summarized and then return to Danteworlds for the additional notes It should be noted that if you're reading an annotated edition of Dante which you absolutely should be The text is simply too difficult for most of us to attempt without some academic aid a fair amount of the material in Danteworlds is likely going to overlap with the notes in your annotated edition Because of that I wouldn't consider this by any means a reuired companion for the Dante novice but rather a source of additional information if you want to dig a bit deeper than the annotations in your edition but don't want to embark on a full blown academic commentary

  7. David David says:

    Guy Raffa’s The Complete Danteworlds is an excellent entry text for coming to terms with the forbidding world of Medieval FlorentineItalian history and politics as well as an excellent book for explaining Dante’s Divine Comedy It appears to have been written with educators high school teachers at least in mind for at the end of each chapter there are a list of study uestions The writing is clear but occasionally condescending—there are several instance in which Mr Raffa speaks down to the reader by offering information on biblical references that anyone with a passing acuaintance of Western intellectual history would have or could easily look up For this reason this book has lost one star in its rating There may of course be those who miss these references but how could they be interested in Dante? Personal opinion but really how can you be interested in the Divine Comedy without at least an intellectual interest in religion? Excepting the above mild criticism this is an excellent work and a very good entry point for any reader interested in digging deeper into Dante than the text Rating 4 out of 5 stars

  8. Marina Marina says:

    A fabulous companion while reading the Divine Comedy It helps to reflect upon the work and the provides significant uotes study uestions and the definition of certain symbols Certainly a must have if you are to take a course on Dante's Divine Comedy

  9. Igor Igor says:

    This is an excellent companion through Dante's Commedia Translation that I used is really fantastic but I'm glad that I choose to read this book along with Commedia as it gives insight into the things you probably missed or didn't understand and Commedia is full of those Recommended

  10. Christopher Ryan Christopher Ryan says:

    Great primer study guide and review This is proving key in my writing of my second novel A THOUSAND CUTS

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