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Dante - Inferno - Canto 13

Identifier

001888

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Dante envisioned a forest which he termed the 'unnatural forest'. This was a forest in hell, where abuse against nature took place.

A description of the experience

Dante – The Divine Comedy INFERNO I

CANTO XIII

Nessus had not yet reached the other side
When we set out to travel through a wood
Which had no path marked in it at all
 
The foliage not green, but of dark colour;
The branches not wholesome, but knotted and twisted
There were no apples but poisonous thorns

The source of the experience

Dante Alighieri

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