Dante, Inferno Canto 29 (3rd part)

The prop snapped, and each turned in my direction, As did others who’d overheard. The good master drew up close to me, —Ask anything of them and take your fill. And I began, nervous again, but he had okayed it: —Let me document your suffering, Hard I know, but if I present a snapshot, itContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 29 (3rd part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 29 (2nd part)

Finally in Malebolge, the tenth cloister, Where the cries are iron tipped, not loud They pierce, the lamentations do. So that I kept my hands pressed against my ears. Like a malaria hospital in the hot hot midsummer, Or if about ten hospitals of malaria, dysentery, cholera, All the plague places, Valdichiana, Maremma, Sardinia, InContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 29 (2nd part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 29 (1st part)

Geri del Bello. The Tenth Bolgia: Alchemists. Griffolino d’Arezzo and Capocchino. The many people and their ghastly wounds, So they now own mounts and rift valleys on their person, The fascination of disfigurement observed, the otherness, Did so paralyse the eyes, And best they should apologise to the brain for any betrayal caused. I wasContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 29 (1st part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 28 (4th part)

I know what I saw, And you can doubt it if you want. You have not been there, I stand by my memory, I can still see it now. Lastly, Hell’s scientists had their crowning glory, A body, a man, nothing unusual in that, Walking no differently to its colleague sinners, Except in his handContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 28 (4th part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 28 (3rd part)

I am being loaded up The carrier pigeon won’t get off the ground, Their foresight, combined with natural skill at politicking, Almost as if they tricked me into betraying the laws of Earth, And I almost fell for it. —And let the two chief men of Fano know, Messers Guido and Angiolello, both, That, unlessContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 28 (3rd part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 28 (1st part)

The Ninth Bolgia: Schismatics. Mahomet and Ali. Bertrand de Born. Speech cannot hold it, Because the Thought cannot hold it, It’s hard. Even practised and attemptedly perfected. Reporters try to bring sheer taste of the action on the ground, Rough and raw and nothing left out, Punditi recite from safety rearwards, presenters witter, Even historiansContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 28 (1st part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 27 (4th part)

‘Just get me old man Colonna,’ he said to me. ‘Do I need to remind you,’ with a wave towards the tapestries The keys, gold and silver, courtesy of Peter, the power to unlock Heaven, ‘Celestine, that idiot hermit, may not have known how to use them, Rest very assured, I do.’ Did I haveContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 27 (4th part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 27 (3rd part)

The fire still roared, the point then quivered a little, He doesn’t name himself immediately, he doesn’t actually do it at all… —If I thought there was any point, I would, But since, up from these depths, no one has yet returned alive, If what they say round here is to be trusted… It reallyContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 27 (3rd part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 27 (1st part)

Guido da Montefeltro. His deception by Pope Boniface VIII. The column of fire, now deciding on aloof, Light but no heat, or heat but no light, in Hell’s commutation, Shuffled off by its own apparent leave and kind permission of Virgil. To be replaced by another shimmering will-o’-the-wisp, Causing our eyes to fix on itsContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 27 (1st part)”