Monday, 7 April 2014

'Dante's Inferno' Radio 4

Listening to Dante's Inferno,
beside a fire whose reticence to glow
With aught but the palest yellow,
Flickering over the coal
In a large and chilly room,
Grimy with soot and dusty,
Too airy to be musty,
But nevertheless rather stale,
Provides an alternative source of warmth,
A different kind of refreshment:
The joy of knowing your fellows
Will end up in the bowels
Of Hell.  The pleasure of fitting
Each one to his circle,
Described so well on the radio,
Is pleasant.
And more satisfying still,
Is knowing that you could fill
The place with all of your acquaintance,
Yet feel smugly aware
That you don't belong there.

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