The enjoyment of The Divine Comedy is a continuous process, observed T.S. Eliot. It is t necessary to understand the meaning first to enjoy the poetry...our enjoyment of the poetry makes us want to understand the meaning.
Anthony Esolen is a professor of English at Providence College. He is the author of Peppers, a book of poetry, and his translations include Lucretius's De rerum natura and Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata, along with Dante's Inferno and Paradise, published by the Modern Library.