"Midway upan the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark For the straightforward pathway had been lost..." CANTO 1 Dante's Divine Comedy, and in particular "Inferno", is a masterpiece of world literature. The fearsome journey recounted in "Inferno" is told by a pilgrim - the poet himself - who meanders through the increasingly macabre landscape of Hell. He meets and often recognizes the various inhabitants of the hetlish circles and witnesses their strangety befitting punishments. It is a spiritual allegory without comparison: at once a voyage of self-discovery and a revelation of the divine.