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- DescriptionThe chief problem with Purgatorio is Infer. Dante wanted to write a universal epic, like Homer's or Virgil's, but the botched and blighted souls he met in Hell were of use. They could care less about the truth. So, in the second stage of his epic, Dante must play catch up. This he does brilliantly in the one of the most insightful depictions of the developmental psychology of sainthood since St. John Climacus. The Holy Mountain is Hell in reverse, allowing Dante to develop a system by which virtues are inculcated in the soul. The seven deadly sins are undone and the pilgrimage ends with a return to incence (the Garden of Eden) where sacred rivers erase the pilgrim's memories of their sins and enhance their memories of good deeds. But all this brilliance comes at a cost. Unlike, Infer, which was all downhill, Purgatorio can be an uphill battle. Luckily, Fr. Woods is available as tour guide, to explain abstruse Medieval termilogy and concepts (there are some) and to point out the many spectacular views along the way.
- Author(s)The Rev J C Woods
- Date of Publication22/03/2010
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight299 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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