Translator's notes

The Lost - Dante's Inferno Canto I, lines 1-3

By Dante

Simon Barraclough and I were looking at a variety of translations of Dante's "Inferno". The sight of all these different translations and the minute differences between them seemed to capture something of the immense futility and the joy of translation. I remixed some of the lines into a new poem, in an order that I hoped would highlight this. This poem has previously been published in The Shuffle Anthology and more recently in Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins) <>.

Contributor and student discounts

If you are a student, or if you contribute to MPT you are eligible for a great discount deal when you subscribe…» Subscribe now

Back to top
Supported by Arts Council England

Copyright © Modern Poetry in Translation and contributors
Website design ashbydesign
Developed by Code Frontiers
Powered by Storemill