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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dante's Inferno

I'm writing about Dante's Inferno in this health blog because I'm convinced that reading Dante can improve physical health. How's that possible? The reason is that reading lowers blood pressure, which is beneficial. Reading good books is more likely to relax you (unless it's a thriller or action type book). Dante's Inferno has been translated many times, but the best modern translation is undoubtedly that by Sandow Birk. It's written in clear language that sounds like your friend talking to you. I also recommend the Cliff's notes because they'll add to your enjoyment by explaining the background of the book and its use of symbolism. Plus they give you insights into Dante's life. For example, when he was 12 he saw a girl named Beatrice and fell in love with her from afar, never telling her how he felt, and his feelings for Beatrice inspired him and affected his work throughout his life.


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flipt said...

Oh yeah..."Inferno" by Dante Alighieri... he also wrote "Divine Comdey"..

I read this poem entitled "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" was kind of related to Inferno.. good literary stuff... ;)