The Divine Comedy (Italian: Divina Commedia) is a poem by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321). In three canticles; Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso, it describes Dante's progress on a mystic journey, through hell and purgatory, escorted by the poet Virgil, and through Heaven guided by Beatrice, an idealised portrait of the historical Florentine woman who was the object of Dante's unrequited love.
The poem is generally considered one of the central works of western literature. It gave profound expression of the medieval worldview, in an educated vernacular which would pave the way for renaissance humanism. Itself densely allusive, the work has inspired poets, painters and artists of all kinds ever since.
Free online texts
Danteonline.it: Commedia. Italian text. HTML format.
Dartmouth College: DanteLab - a customisable digital reader.
Gutenberg: The Divine Comedy, translated by H.F. Cary. Multiple formats.
Gutenberg: The Divine Comedy, translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Multiple formats.
Internet Archive: The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, translated by Henry F. Cary. Harvard Classics Edition. Multiple formats.
ItalianStudies.org: The Divine Comedy, translated by James Finn Cotter. HTML format.
Online Library of Liberty: The Divine Comedy, Italian text and English translation by Courtney Langdon. Multiple formats.
Poetry in Translation: The Divine Comedy, prose translation by A.S. Kline. Multiple formats.
University of Adelaide: The Divine Comedy - The Vision of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, translated by Henry Francis Cary; illustrated by Gustave Doré. Multiple formats.