Always be aware of the allegorical implications of the poem, starting in Canto I when Dante wakes to find himself “alone in a dark wood.”
Take notes as we wander through Hell together.
Enjoy Dante’s poetic masterpiece. As Ciardi points out, “the gold of Dante runs deep, (but) it also runs right up to the surface. A lifetime of devoted scholarship will not mine all the gold; yet enough lies on the surface – or just an inch below – to make a first reading a bonanza in itself.”