Link is something I recently read, and was so impressed, I picked up the 3 books of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. I know this is movies, but let’s make it arts.
Without going into too much, in Canto(chapter)II, Dante, still living, is being led through hell(inferno) and purgatory(purgatorio) by Virgil, author of the Aenid. Virgil, deceased before the birth of Christ, and hence unbaptized, is stationed in Limbo, the first circle of hell. People like Homer and Aristotle are also there. Dante is fearful, and wonders why Virgil is doing this. Virgil, his guide on this journey, at least until they get through purgatory(Virgil cannot enter paradise, the 3rd book) scolds him, and tells him that someone in heaven has requested that Virgil guide Dante, to save him, and deliver him to the gates of paradise. After this reprimand by Virgil, Dante settles down, feels better about his task, and states:
And just as little flowers close and droop
In night’s congealing air but then rise up
And stiffen on their stems and open wide
To greet the white rays of the morning sun,
So I, though drained of strength, found new resolve.
Inferno, Canto II, lines 120-124.
The entire story is a poem, and as translation cannot so easily be rhymed, most translations use blank verse, or iambic pentameter, which has 10 syllables per line. Now, back to Inferno. I’m hoping to finish by tomorrow.