Dante's Inferno, suicides and the Harpies
Dante's Inferno. Canto XIII, line 11: 'Here [suicide tree] the brute Harpies make their nest' (at right: Dante and Virgil). Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) wrote his epic poem 'Divina Commedia' (The Divine Comedy) between 1308 and his death in 1321. Totalling 14, 233 lines, and divided into three parts (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso), it is considered the greatest literary work in the Italian language and a world masterpiece. It is a comprehensive survey of medieval theology, literature and thought. Artwork by French artist Gustave Dore (1832-1883); engraving from 'The Vision of Hell' (1868), Henry Francis Cary's English translation of the Inferno.
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Fountain on Park Lane, London
Fountain on Park Lane, London. The fountain was built in 1875 and contained statues of Shakespeare, Milton and Chaucer. It was removed from this site when Park Lane was widened in the 20th century. Date: 1907
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Chaucer, Children, Fountain, Hyde, Lane, London, Milton, Park, Poet, Poets, Poets, Roundabout, Sep15, Shakespeare
John Milton (1608-1674). British poet. Paradise lost. Colore
John Milton (1608-1674). British poet. Paradise Lost. Epic poem in blank verse. It was originally published in 1667 in ten books. Colored engraving depicting the encounter of three poets in three different ages born in Greece, Italy and England. Edition printed in London in 1727. Library of Catalonia. Barcelona.
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