In this new edition Musa views Dante's intention as one of cruel and comic commentary on the shallowness and self-pity of his protagonist, who only occasionally glimpses the true nature of love.
"...the explication de texte which accompanies [Musa's] translation is instructively novel, always admirable..." his present work offers English listeners a lengthy appraisal which should figure in future scholarly discussions." (Choice)
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What a love poem!!
Dante's verse is, as always, a joy to listen to. While it may be inaccessible in many cases, on the face of it alone, to have such passion with which to dedicate such a volume of work to one person is quite a thing in itself. So the shear magnitude of the writing process, the significance of what Dante went through to write this book, made it a compelling book.
There are many ways to see and feel love. Dante shows us how to 'live' love. These were, of course, different times, but everyone has experienced the emotional turbulence of trying to obtain the attention of the one you love, and therefore, one finds relevance in every poem.
Cold. Unenthusiastic. Effortless
Love is life
This is clearly a classic book. Dante is obsessed with Beatrice and this is the published pining affection he holds for her. While that might not sound particularly appealing, remember that Dante is a master of verse and rhetoric. This captivating look into the process of desire may be much more than you bargained for.
The narration lacks the passion that is evident in the book. This is always going to be a difficult endeavor, but it sounds like Lundeen is simply reading the words, rather than being part of your journey.
- N. T. Southorn