An early evocation of synaesthesia – I like Dante’s portrayal of a voice in terms of visibility. This is from Clive James’ superb translation. 

‘And yet He said these wise things visibly –

I mean that you could see the sound …’  (Purgatory, Canto 10)

See also our illustrated quote-rich celebration of Dante’s Divine Comedy in Clive James’ superb translation. 

Source: Dante,The Divine Comedy, trans. Clive James (New York: Liveright Publishing, 2013), p. 225

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