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Dante - Inferno - Canto 1 :2

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014647

Type of Spiritual Experience

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A description of the experience

Dante – The Divine Comedy  INFERNO I

CANTO I

And a she-wolf, who seemed in her thinness
To have nothing but excessive appetites
And she has already made many miserable

She weighed down so heavily upon me
With that fear, which issued from her image
That I lost hope of reaching the top of the hill

And like a man whose mind is on his winnings
When the time comes for him to lose
And all his thoughts turn into sorrow and tears

So I was transformed by that restless animal
Who came against me, and gradually drove me down
Back to the region where the sun is silent

….........

Look at the animal which made me turn back,
Help me to handle her, you are famous for wisdom
For she makes my veins and pulse shudder

'You will have to go another way than this'
He answered, when he saw that I was weeping
'If you want to get away from this wild place

For that beast, which has made you so call out
Does not allow others to pass her way
But holds them up, and in the end destroys them

The source of the experience

Dante Alighieri

Concepts, symbols and science items

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Forest
Hill
Wolf

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