Inferno

Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark

For the straightfoward pathway had been lost. – Dante Allighierei, Inferno, Canto I

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One of Dore's illustrations for Inferno, with Virgil and Dante overseeing souls trapped in the pit.

One of Dore’s illustrations for Inferno, with Virgil and Dante overseeing souls trapped in the pit.

I need to confess something. It may be one of the more shameful things I’ve ever written.

I’ve never read Dante’s Divine Comedy.

And when I read the above, the very first lines of this massive, beautiful poetic adventure, I realized I have neglected a resource that has been available for 800 years. To follow as Virgil leads Dante in search for his lost Beatrice, their journey begins in Hell, spiraling down the circles.

All beginning from a dark forest, in the mid-years of his life.

What more do I need to say? I need to get a-reading, hadn’t I.

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