The Carnal
Canto V
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Canto V - The Carnal
Upon the Warring Winds

" I came to a place stripped bare of every light
and roaming on the naked dark like seas
wracked by a war of winds. Their hellish flight

of storm and counter-storm through time forgone,
sweeps the souls of the damned before its charge.
Whirling and battering it drives them on…"

— Translation by John Ciardi

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Upon the Warring Winds

Dante is so overcome with grief that he
“fell to Hell’s floor as a body, dead falls.”