Dante’s Inferno, Canto 17: fears to fly




Dante fears to fly

Remembers Phaëton’s death

And Icarus’ fall


NOTE: Geryon flies Dante and Virgil down to Circle 8 of the Inferno. Dante is afraid despite Virgil’s presence. Phaëton drove his immortal father’s Sun-chariot across the sky and so close to the Earth that Jupiter, King of the gods, killed him to keep the Earth from burning up. Icarus, the son of Daedalus, flew so close to the Sun that the wax of his artificial wings melted and the feathers of the wings fell off, plunging him into the sea, where he drowned.






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