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Ivana UK  Identity Verified
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Mar 11, 2007

Does anyone have an offical EN translation of Dante's Paradise? (Must be British English and must be an official, published translation).

Unfortunately I only have the EN version of Inferno to hand, but urgently need the translation of the following verse from Canto XXIV:

«E come cerchi in tempra d’oriuoli
Si giran sì che il primo, a chi pon mente
Quieto pare, e l’ultimo che voli»

Many thanks in advance,

Ivana


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Tony M  Identity Verified
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Mar 11, 2007



[Edited at 2007-03-12 09:25]


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Longfellow (1867) Mar 11, 2007

the one by H.W. Longfellow (1867)
reads:

And as the wheels in works of horologes
Revolve so that the first to the beholder
Motionless seems, and the last one to fly,

http://www.worldwideschool.org/library/books/lit/poetry/TheDivineComedy3-Paradise/chap24.html


And a more recent one, Mandelbaum (1982), reads:

And just as, in a clock's machinery,
to one who watches them, the wheels turn so
that, while the first wheel seems to rest, the last

http://dante.ilt.columbia.edu/comedy/comedy_hc/dante_mandelbaum/par24.html

/mario

[Edited at 2007-03-11 20:39]

[Edited at 2007-03-11 20:42]


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Alfredo Tutino  Identity Verified
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Here Mar 11, 2007

dante.ilt.columbia.edu/comedy/

You'll find Longfellow's and Mandelbaum's translations

of the Canto you're interested in (and much more...)

I'm glad to see that Mario beat me to it - notice, however, that Mandelbaum's translation continues into the next "terzina"...



[Edited at 2007-03-11 20:44]

[Edited at 2007-03-11 20:45]


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John D Sinclair Mar 12, 2007

Hi Ivana,
I have John D Sinclair's version in front of me:

"And as wheels in the structure of a clock revolve so that, to one watching them, the first seems at rest and the last to fly"

http://www.amazon.com/Divine-Comedy-Paradiso-Galaxy-Books/dp/0195004140/ref=sr_1_3/002-4080401-4942439?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1173690996&sr=1-3
Hope that helps,
Amy


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Thanks for your speedy replies!! Mar 12, 2007

There are so many versions out there it's difficult to know which to choose!

I have John D. Sinclair's translation of Inferno, so I'll probably choose his version ...

Thanks once again,

Ivana


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