Category Archives: Haiku

Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 33: do you ever cry?

https://pixabay.com/en/portrait-male-heart-love-people-1648562/ *** “DO YOU EVER CRY?” *** “Do you ever cry?” Ugolino’s heart is stone It’s not made of flesh *** NOTE: Ugolino tells his story to Dante, and he asks, “If you do not cry at what I am … Continue reading

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Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 33: UGOLINO AND RUGGIERI

Engraver: Auguste Doré *** UGOLINO AND RUGGIERI *** Sinner eats the head Of the sinner who starved him And his family *** NOTE: Ugolino and Ruggieri were political rivals in Pisa. Ugolino was a Guelph, and Ruggieri was a Ghibelline. … Continue reading

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Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 32: BOCCA

Engraver: Gustave Doré *** BOCCA *** “Why did you kick me? “Who are you to kick sinners? “I won’t say my name!” *** NOTE: Dante kicks hard one of the sinners frozen in the ice, perhaps accidentally. The sinner screams … Continue reading

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Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 32: NAPOLEONE AND ALLESSANDRO

Source: Ritratto di Sandro Botticelli, Portrait of Dante Alighieri *** two brothers butt heads a Guelph and a Ghibelline they murdered each other *** NOTE: Napoleone and Allessandro are brothers who followed different political factions, but they are punished in Caina … Continue reading

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Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 33: TOLOMEA

https://pixabay.com/en/knife-stabbing-stab-kill-murder-316655/ *** TOLOMEA *** Traitors against guests Named after Captain Ptolemy Murdered relatives *** NOTE: In the third ring of Circle 9 are punished those who were treacherous to guests. This ring, Tolomea, is named after Ptolemy, a captain of … Continue reading

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Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 32: Antenor

Artist: Jules Lefebvre *** ANTENOR *** Traitor against Troy Opened city gates to Greeks Who sacked the city *** NOTE: The traitors are punished eternally in Circle 9, the lowest circle in the INFERNO. It is divided into four rings. … Continue reading

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davidbrucehaiku: hard to make it to the top

Kindle Desktop Publishing Screenshot: David Bruce *** HARD TO MAKE IT TO THE TOP *** Over one hundred Books for sale — it is hard to Make it to the top *** Lulu (Paperback Books for Sale) http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/brucebATohioDOTedu Smashwords (eBooks … Continue reading

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Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 32: CAINA

Engraver: Auguste Doré *** Named after Cain Traitors against family Frozen up to neck *** NOTE: The traitors are punished eternally in Circle 9, the lowest circle in the INFERNO. It is divided into four rings. In the first ring, … Continue reading

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Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 32: TRAITORS

Engraver: Auguste Doré *** the worst of the worst punished here in Circle 9 Inferno’s bottom *** NOTE: Circle 9 is where traitors are punished: traitors against kin/family, traitors against government, traitors against guests or hosts, and traitors against God. … Continue reading

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Dante’s INFERNO, Canto 31: ANTAEUS

Artist: William Blake *** ANTAEUS *** Giant Antaeus Lowers Virgil and Dante To the Ninth Circle *** NOTE: Virgil and Dante stand on Antaeus’ hand, and the giant safely lowers them to the Ninth Circle, where the worst sinners of … Continue reading

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