I’m reading Giuseppe Mazzotta’s book Reading Dante. I don’t understand everything in it, but I do think this book will help me get through The Divine Comedy with at least some level of understanding. Every now and then, in the reading, I am caught by a sentence or two that stands out; that says something new or something old in a fresh and stimulating way.
Here is one such about the nature of poetry:
The journey of the poet is an extension of the other journey [Dante the pilgrim’s journey through the after life], but it, in itself, is also a journey of knowledge and discovery.