Dante Alighieri’s name heads the poetic canon of Western civilization. He wrote poetry of the very highest order in the vernacular Italian of his day rather than in classical Greek or Latin, and thereby changed the course of literary tradition. He invented Terza rima, a form that persists and enriches our languages today. He mapped heaven and hell in his Divine Comedy, creating worlds in words which have served as inspiration for unforgettable images by artists like William Blake and Gustav Dore in the centuries that followed. And his work is still being interpreted and translated today, most recently The Inferno in a new verse translation by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. No wonder then, that Dante’s hell has also spawned a number of new-media explorations, including this Flash tour of The Inferno:
from Eastern Kentucky University (with thanks to Jim Finnegan of Litstation Web radio and the NewPoetry list for pointing out the link):
Dante’s Inferno: A virtual tour of hell, a final project created by Todd King from the 2001 Flash authoring course
It begins “I am the way into the City of Woe”—and as Jim Finnegan pointed out, “the intro is worth waiting through, too”—all the way to “Abandon all hope ye who enter here,” whence you are taken to the Dark Wood and the nine circles, with Virgil and Dante as your guides.
“Dante & the Response Poem,” David Shapiro and Frank Lima create another kind of collaboration
Terza rima, the rhyme-linked 3-line stanza form originated by Dante
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