My theme for the 2015 April A – Z blog challenge was loving submission. My goal was to show that submission is not only pain and humiliation but can be fun and loving and, to give a small view inside our marriage as well.
At the end of the challenge I concluded that it was all fun to do, but a bit stressful to have the correct letter for the alphabet ready at the desired date, so I would begin early in 2016. I wanted all my posts ready before we start so I can enjoy all the other blogs as well.
So now it is the end of January in 2016 and I have started by choosing a subject for this year the famous book of Dante Alighieri “The Divine Comedy”. Or like Dante himself wrote “A Comedy”. Not a Tragedy where all begins quiet and peaceful and ends in a tragic way, but a Comedy where Dante’s trip begins in Inferno, in Hell goes through Purgatorio (the mount we have to climb through suffering and spiritual growth and at ends in Paradiso.
To go up, we have to gown down. A book that was finished in 1320 a year before Dante died. And it inspired people until the present day, it is called Divine later on for a reason.
I am 56 years old and never ever have read the Divine Comedy. In fact I didn’t know there were three parts of this book, the only book I had heard about was the Inferno. I have had no classic education, so I have never read the book when I was in school, and the book was (like there are soooo many) on my TBR-list to read. And when I began reading it in December 2015 the idea came to mind that this might be a subject for the A – Z blogging challenge. And so I decided upon that in January. And I have been in hell since then.
I have been reading slowly through the English version and several Dutch translations and I have been listening to lectures of professor Giuseppe Mazzotta over at Yale University explaining the chapters as I read along. (more than 35 hours of lecture).
I’m not sure if I will discuss the complete Divine Comedy or will begin with Inferno this year. It depends a lot on my busy RL that gets in the way not only of regular blogging but of reading that requires concentration as well. Ah well, we will see it’s not the end of March yet. Idea’s enough. Shall I begin with 1 to 9 before I begin with A – Z? Shall I post all Gustav Dore’s illustrations from now until we begin? For now I just concentrate on gathering knowledge.
There are worse things in life than gathering knowledge with the objective to share that knowledge later.