The Divine Comedy / by Deborah Clague

Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost

(Dante's Inferno I. 1–3)


This Christmas, I received Dante's The Divine Comedy; Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso and a separate book featuring all of Gustave Doré's illustration plates for such. It is divinely exquisite artwork that has captivated me since viewing the originals at the D'Orsay Museum last spring. Immersing into the epic 752-page trilogy, which begins with the tercet above, should make for an interesting read this winter. 

I didn't get to choose the pathway of the previous year. As 2014 draws to a close though, I've decided to give myself twelve months to explore life and all its intensity. Like a moth to a flame, there are many things I am drawn to.

In 2015, I will light the match. 

The Forest (Gustave Doré) from The Divine Comedy

The Forest (Gustave Doré) from The Divine Comedy