Wednesday 19 July 2023

Dante's Inferno, Canto#3: "A TRIP DOWN THE ACHERON RIVIERA"


ORIGINAL POEM:  "Inferno" by Dante Alighieri, the first book in the triad "The Divine Comedy", written in the early 14th century.
ORIGINAL SONG: "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", 1976 by Gordon Lightfoot, used primarily for music and meter.
PARODY COMPOSED: Archaic quasi-Italian and English lyrics by Giorgio Coniglio, May 2015. PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, November 2015. To return to the current post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense" (and to see the lyrics without the chord-chart indications) click HERE

Charon herding souls onto his boat
"The Last Judgment" Michelangelo

Charon herds souls of the damned.
Painting by Gustave Dore, 1890. 

"The Vestibule of Hell
 and the Souls Mustering
 to Cross the Acheron River"
William Blake 1827.

The Italian lyrics for this revised Canto are primarily Dante’s. Some lines were re-arranged, but to the extent possible the original 14th century Tuscan language was preserved. My English translation follows the Italian, with liberal adaptations for modern readers.
See also the collaboration of G. Lightfoot and W. Shakespeare in my post of Aug '14  


(to the tune of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald")

This helpful map shows the river Acheron surrounding the Rings of Hell

(Click on any chord-chart slide to advance to 'presentation/singalong' mode.)

  The chord pattern is the same for all verses.
Gsus2=0,2,3,0;  Asus(4)=2,2,0,0

Compare with Lightfoot's original.......

The [Asus] legend lives on from the [Em] Chippewa on down
Of the [G] big lake they [D] call Gitche [A] Gumee [Asus]
The [A] lake, it is said, never [Em] gives up her dead
When the [G] skies of No[D]vember turn [A] gloomy. [Asus]