Dante in English Translation

Dante in English Translation
5 July 2019, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Dante Alighieri in English translation from Chaucer to the present-day

Speaker: Ian Thomson (East Anglia)

Chair: Katia Pizzi (London)

A lecture on the history of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy in its many English-language versions, from Chaucer to the English Romantics to the present day.

Dante’s Divine Comedy is a work of such magnitude that, down the centuries, English-language translations have been attempted many times. Only a handful have approached the drum-beat rhythm and lyric beauty of the original. The skill required to reproduce the sounds and spirit  - the respire, breath – of Dante’s Tuscan vernacular is considerable. This talk looks at a selection of translations good and bad and indifferent, and, along the way, asks why Dante still speaks to us today.

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This event is free for all to attend. Places are limited so please register in advance

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