Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT September 27th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session!

For this session we close read an excerpt from Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno,” Vol 1, Canto 1, posted below.

Our prompt for this session was in two parts. First we wrote to “Write about a dark forest.” And then to: “Write about a way out of the dark forest.

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An excerpt from Dante Alighieri’s "Inferno," Vol 1, Canto 1

Midway upon the journey of our life
  I found myself within a forest dark,
  For the straightforward pathway had been lost.

Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
  What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
  Which in the very thought renews the fear.

So bitter is it, death is little more;
  But of the good to treat, which there I found,
  Speak will I of the other things I saw there.

I cannot well repeat how there I entered,
  So full was I of slumber at the moment
  In which I had abandoned the true way.

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

Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa dura
esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte
che nel pensier rinova la paura!

Tant' è amara che poco è più morte;
ma per trattar del ben ch'i' vi trovai,
dirò de l'altre cose ch'i' v'ho scorte.

Io non so ben ridir com' i' v'intrai,
tant' era pien di sonno a quel punto
che la verace via abbandonai.

One thought on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT September 27th 2021

  1. Patricia D.

    Dark Forest:

    When death arrives
    it is like a dark forest
    without sunshine or hope.
    Some claim a bright light
    appears, but does it really
    or is one lost among
    the pines and thistles
    seeking a path in vane?

    Way out of the Dark Forest:

    Live, live, live – deny
    the end, breathe fully
    without looking back
    or forward.
    Believe, have faith,
    and fear not the dark.
    Open you eyes
    to see the glory of eternity.

    Liked by 1 person

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