Dante’s Inferno

Literary Tattoos: The Divine Comedy Inferno Dante Alighieri

Tony’s tattoo is from Dante’s Inferno.

It’s a bit difficult to read, because it is based on the calligraphy of a 14th century manuscript. It is the final line of the poem, “E quindi uscimmo a rivider le stelle.” Canto XXXIV, line 139. Translations treat this line in different ways, but I prefer the one that William Styron cites as the final line in his memoir, Darkness Visible: “And so we came forth, and once again beheld the stars.”

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  1. Vicky says

    :O I am getting that next spring! On my forearm! (different text though).

    My favourite translation is Longfellow's

    "and we emerged again to rebehold the stars"

  2. bella voce says

    I have the same tattoo on my ankle. Good choice!! You are the only person that I have found with the same tattoo as me! I've had my tattoo for a little over a year now and I still absolutely LOVE it!!

  3. katie says

    im getting one from purgatory o human race born to fly upward wherefore at a little wind dost tho so fall?

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