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

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.

At one point, midway on our path in life
When I had journeyed half of our life's way
Half way along the road we have to go
I came to in a gloomy wood
In the midway of this our mortal life
Midway upon the journey of our life
Midway along the journey of our life
I came around and found myself now searching
Through a dark wood, the right way blurred and lost

I found me in a gloomy wood, astray
I found I was in a dark forest
I found myself within a forest dark
I found myself within a shadowed forest
I found myself obscured in a great forest
Bewildered, and I knew I had lost the way

Halfway through the story of my life
I woke to find myself in a dark wood
Gone from the path direct
For I had wandered off from the straight path
For I had strayed from the straight path
For I had lost the path that does not stray
Midway in our life's journey
The straightforward pathway had been lost


Acknowledgments to various translations of Dante's Inferno Canto I, lines 1-3, 

by Appelbaum, Cary, Carson, Kirkpatrick, Longfellow, Mandelbaum, Musa and Sisson.

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Poet:
Dante
Translator:
Chrissy Williams
Original language:
Italian
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Dante

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Dante

Dante Alighieri (May/June c.1265 – September 14, 1321), commonly known as Dante, was an Italian poet of the Middle Ages. He wa...

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Chrissy Williams

Chrissy Williams < http://chrissywilliams.blogspot.co.uk/> works at the Saison Poetry Library. Her first book "The Jam T...

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