Skip navigation to main content

Read of the Week: The Divine Comedy by Dante

Written by The Reader, 5th October 2016
img_20161003_115420

Our Read of the Week brings us into the epic with Dante's The Divine Comedy recommended by Helen, our Volunteer Coordinator in Knowsley.

My interest in The Divine Comedy came from a colleague, whom I was moved to hear recite the first few lines during an all staff meeting. Keen for more, I was somewhat discouraged by the poem’s sheer size: the thought this will take so much time (along with a sneaking what if I don’t ‘get it’ on my own) snuck in whenever I approached.

It was after a further introduction during a Reading Retreat that I decided to climb the mountain myself, finding my own guide in Dante’s struggle through Hell to what might lie beyond:

IMG_20161003_115301.jpgAnd now thither, as to a pre-ordained place,

We are carried by the power of that bowstring

Which directs what it looses to a happy mark. - The Divine Comedy, Paradiso, Canto I

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Articles

Literature

Featured Poem: A Hymn to the Evening by Phillis Wheatley

As part of our series for Black History Month in October, this week's Featured Poem is Thoughts on A Hymn…

Read more
Literature

Featured Poem: Regret by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks

As part of our series on Black History Month in October, this week's Featured Poem is Regret by Olivia Ward…

Read more
Literature

Featured Poem: My Own Heart by Gerard Manley Hopkins

This week's Featured Poem is My Own Heart by Gerard Manley Hopkins, chosen by The Reader's Learning and Quality Leader,…

Contact us

Get in touch and be part of the story
You can also speak to us on: 0151 729 2200
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.