Feb 1, 2016
Reading this paraphrase allowed me to visualize the story. Mary Jo Bang uses dozens of contemporary references to bring the poem to life. Her notes are excellent. I also read parts of Ciardi's translation, which is quite good, but not as fun or edgy as this one.
Oct 13, 2011
John Ciardi's translation of Inferno is detailed and rich with use of the English language that most closely matches the original language of this work.
HIs historical references and explanations are numerous and make the work even more meaningful. For a classical work originally from the middle ages, Ciardi makes it very understandable and enjoyable for modern audiences.