"An image comes to him from the Inferno"

 

Inferno, the Italian word for hell, gave its name to the first part of Dante’s epic poem, The Divine Comedy.

In the poem, Dante is guided by Virgil through what are described as the nine circles of hell: limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery. After travelling through all nine circles, they are able to escape from hell and travel into Purgatio (purgatory), which represents the next part of the soul's spiritual journey.

 

A detailed website, which looks at The Divine Comedy in detail, is available here.