Botticelli illustrates Purgatorio 27, Dancing through the Fire
Another connection to TS Eliot:
‘From wrong to wrong the exasperated sprit proceeds/ unless restored by that refining fire/ where you must move in measure like a dancer’
These words from TS Eliot’s Little Gidding have always struck a chord with me. They allude, of course, to the moment near the end of the Purgatorio when the pilgrims ascend towards the Earthly Paradise, the garden of our origins and of our restored humanity, at the summit of the Holy Mountain
3. Les Miserable by Victor Hugo : I misplaced my book for a couple of weeks and just found it on the bottom of a stack by my bed. I know what the word REJOICE means! 4. Reading Thomas Howard's Dove Descending: a journey into TS ELiiot's Four Quartets. He is Elizabeth Elliot's sister and this book sings!
Detail from Makoto Fujimura’s "The Voice in the Waterfall" (photo and type design by Sarah Duet)