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Monday, October 14, 2013

What the hell (1)

by Nivalis70

Translations and comments on Canto 5 of Gerusalemme Conquistata (corresponding to Canto 4 of Gerusalemme Liberata) now begin. That is, where Satan calls the whole Hell, and recalls their glorious battle in Heaven, and decides to counter-attack on Earth. Does it sound like something well known? Yes, the heroic Satan was not invented by John Milton: he almost literally copied passages from Tasso. Some English versions of the Liberata may exist, but this is probably the first time that the Pandemonium octaves in GC are translated, and it is definitely worth it since details often vary. So, extended sections of Canto 5 will be offered here. Enjoy Tasso's genius!