Dante in Love

Currently reading ‘Dante in Love’ (and have been for the last 5 years)…

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“Beauty is a weapon of mass destruction…encounters with beauty unsettle a person. Beauty is an imperative and a standard. It wipes away any excuse one has to be content with the ordinary. Beauty can and does change the world indelibly.”

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Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura
ché la diritta via era smarrita.

Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa dura
esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte
che nel pensier rinova la paura!

Tant’è amara che poco è più morte;
ma per trattar del ben ch’i’ vi trovai,
dirò de l’altre cose ch’i’ v’ho scorte.

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Halfway through the story of my life
I came to in a gloomy wood, because
I’d wandered off the path, away from the light.

It’s hard to put into words to what that wood was;
I shudder even now to think of it,
so wild and rough and tortured were its ways;

And death might well be its confederate
in bitterness; yet all the good I owe
to it, and what else I saw there, I’ll relate.

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