The roles that I came up with for the end of month reading of Cantos 1-12 of The Purgatorio are given at the end of this e-mail. I would strongly encourage you to come to the reading even if you did not read The Inferno with us, each division can stand up for itself. Each of the major divisions of this great poem has a unique feel to it.

The readings of the Inferno and the Aeneid last year were among the most enjoyable literary or book group activities that the readers had ever participated in and we would love for you to enjoy this experience too if you can find the time.

Unlike the Shakespeare group, the Epic Poetry group tends to have a fair amount of discussion between sections and that greatly enhances one’s understanding of the poem.

Over the next three readings, we leave the darkness of The Inferno to spend some time in the Purgatorio, a mixture of darkness and light before moving on to The Paradiso which is all light. We will read the last canto of The Inferno aloud before we start to ease our way into the new Canticle.

I’ll see some of you for Coriolanus tomorrow and later on I will send a reminder about The Purgatorio reading!

Finally, the roles with some notes:

i) We are using the John Ciardi translation
ii) Roles are for between 4-8 readers
iii) Primary readers in a Canto (the Dante’s) will skip any speech of 3 lines or more, someone else will say that speech
iv) Explanation of notation
     a) Dante 4 (76-end) means read Canto 4 from line 76 to the end of the Canto skipping speeches of 3 lines or more
     b) Angel 9 (85-87, 91-92, 121-132) means read the Angel’s lines given  in Canto 9

Cantos 1-4
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1 Dante 1 (1-84), Dante 2 (67-end) *
2 Dante 2 (1-66), Dante 3 (73-end) **
3 Dante 3 (1-72), Dante 4 (76-end) ***
4 Dante 1 (85-end), Dante 4 (1-75) ****
* Manfred 3 (112-146), Virgil 4 (37-39, 61-75, 88-96, 137-140)
** Virgil 1 (52-84), Belacqua 4 (127-135)
*** Cato 1 (41-48, 85-105), Casella 2 (88-90, 94-105), Cato 2 (117-120)
**** Virgil 2 (28-36, 61-66), Virgil 3 (23-44, 52-54, 73-78, 94-99)

Cantos 5-8
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1 Dante 5 (1-69), Dante 6 (79-end) *
2 Dante 6 (1-78), Dante 7 (70-end) **
3 Dante 7 (1-69), Dante 8 (64-140) ***
4 Dante 5 (70-end), Dante 8 (1-63) ****
*  Pia 5 (137-143), Virgil 7 (4-8, 22-39, 49-51, 62-63), Sordello 8 (37-39, 43-45)
** A Late Repentant 5 (4-6), Late Repentant Souls 5 (46-60), Bonconte 5 (91-96, 100-135), Judge Nino De Visconti 8 (65-81)
*** Jacopo del Cassero 5 (70-90), Virgil 6 (34-51, 55-63)
**** Virgil 5 (31-36, 42-45), Sordello 7 (16-21, 40-48, 52-60, 67-69, 85-end), Virgil 8 (91-93), Conrad Malaspina 8 (112-120, 133-140),

Cantos 9-12
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1 Dante 9 (1-72), Dante 10 (70-end) *
2 Dante 10 (1-69), Dante 11 (73-end) **
3 Dante 11 (1-72), Dante 12 (73-end) ***
4 Dante 9 (73-end), Dante 12 (1-72) ****
* Omberto 11 (49-72), Virgil 12 (4-6, 77-84, 121-126)
** Angel 9 (85-87, 91-92, 121-132), Virgil 11 (36-45), Angel 12 (92-96)
*** Virgil 9 (46-63, 88-90), Virgil 10 (10-12, 97-99, 112-117)
**** Od’risi 11 (82-117, 121-126, 133-end)

Prashant Andrade (fea_123@yahoo.com)

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