Went Down To Hell

I went down to Hell, and found there none who thought their time above had been thieved from them, That another minute would have improved. Went down to Hell, and found vanity as the cess, the sump, the prime despatch; never would have thought it, given the world as it is, but vanity had beenContinue reading “Went Down To Hell”

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)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 26 (1st part)

The Eighth Bolgia: Evil Counsellors. Ulysses and Diomed. Ulysses’ Last Voyage. For Florence to be so magnificent, Excellent, and such fame, echoing to the four imagined corners, Excellent, and with its dark wings casting shadows across land and sea, Excellent, and so well represented here, Among the thieves, excellent. Ashamed to see five of you,Continue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 26 (1st part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 25 (4th part)

Others have spoken of metamorphosis, Lucan – when some of Cato’s army were bitten by poisonous snakes in the Libyan desert, Nassidius, swelling until he popped his coat of mail and burst, Sabellus: melted into a putrid mass, Ovid – the story of Cadmus, who became a serpent Or Arethusa, who become a fountain –Continue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 25 (4th part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 25 (3rd part)

Parasitic bloodsucking leech ringworm, flowing So tight upon as did that fearsome beast Entwine itself around the other’s limbs, Until it was more lizard, the shape shifter, Just like the green lizard of Earth, beneath the scorching lash Of dog-day heat, between one hedge and the next, Seems lightning as it streaks across the road,Continue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 25 (3rd part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 25 (2nd part)

My master said: —Cacus this is, son of Vulcan, who lived in a cave set into the Aventine Hill, And a devourer of human flesh, call him a cannibal, I don’t know, Nailing the heads of victims to the doors of his cave. He is not with his brothers who guard the first round ofContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 25 (2nd part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 25 (1st part)

Vanni Fucci’s Punishment. Agnello Brunelleschi, Buoso degli Abati, Guercio Cavalcanti. Flicked a V into his victory, the blustering thief and yesterday’s futurologist, —Damn you to hell, God! A mortal sin in the place of correction, And when lifers go against the rules, what sanction, what? Freedom is when there’s nothing left to lose. Except, GodContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 25 (1st part)”

Dante, Inferno Canto 24 (4th part)

A shake of the head, and off again, Like someone having the falling sickness, an epilpetic fit, A seizure, looks around him, shakes off the dizziness, Bewildered, knowing hit by something insuperable, Stares at anything that might be responsible, Feeling the hurt, a brilliant proof of God’s power. My guide then asked the sinner whoContinue reading “Dante, Inferno Canto 24 (4th part)”