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Aug 22

I never asked to be
de Born.

But I guess that
yes I am.

He in Dante's hell
carrying his severed head

holding it up
like a lantern

with a piteous
"Oh woe is me!"

But it wasn't Dante's
words but DorΓ©'s

illustration that
haunted my childhood

walking through
my nightmares.

Now with your death
I enter the eight circle of hell.

Like Dante I have lost
my way.

my only guide.
Bertran de Born was one of the major Occitan troubadours of the twelfth century and as a sower of schism, punished in the ninth bolgia of the eighth circle of Hell (Canto XXVIII), carrying his severed head like a lantern. Gustave DorΓ© depicts this in his illustrations to the Divine Comedy.
Donall Dempsey
Written by
Donall Dempsey  Guildford
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