Canto III: Abandon All Hope

Quotes from The Inferno are taken from the Charles S. Singleton translation.

Canto III opens with the inscription on the gates of hell; “Through me you enter the woeful city / Through me you enter eternal grief / Through me you enter among the lost / Justice moved my high maker / The divine power made me / The supreme wisdom, and the primal love / Before me nothing was created / If not eternal, and eternal I endure / Abandon every hope, you who enter.” The inscription ends with the most widely known quote from “The Divine Comedy”. “Abandon every hope, you who enter.”

Imagine passing through these gates. Imagine what it would be like to


online + newspaper

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please click here to subscribe or login if you are already a subscriber.

What next? What awaits Dante on the other side? We shall see in Canto IV.