O.Wilde, Preface to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. (...)
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.
They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. (...)

No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. (...)
All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.
When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself...

O. Wilde (1854-1900),
Preface to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Dante, The Divine Comedy, Hell, III, 1-9

 di  Dante Alighieri

Canto III
(Entrata all’Inferno)

`Per me si va ne la città dolente,
per me si va ne l'etterno dolore,
per me si va tra la perduta gente.

Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore;
fecemi la divina podestate,
la somma sapïenza e 'l primo amore.

Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create
se non etterne, e io etterno duro.
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate'.

W. Blake, Gates to Hell

The Divine Comedy

by  Dante Alighieri

[translated  by  James Finn Cotter]

Canto III
(The Gate of Hell)

 Through Me Pass into the Painful City,
          Through Me Pass into Eternal Grief,
          Through Me Pass among the Lost People.
              Justice Moved My Master-Builder:
           Heavenly Power First Fashioned Me
          With Highest Wisdom and with Primal Love.
             Before Me Nothing Was Created That 
          Was Not Eternal, and I Last Eternally.
          All Hope Abandon, You Who Enter Here.

G. Doré, The Gate of Hell

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