''Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita,
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura,
ché la diritta via era smarrita.''
Dante, The Divine Comedy
Well, of course it is The Divine Comedy. The first three lines. Translated it means:
“Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost.”
I read it all during my university years, in English, from Inferno to Paradisio. One of my Italian friends teased me saying that one cannot appreciate Dante if one does not read him in Italian, and thus that I should read it in the original language, my poor knowledge of Italian at the time be darned. My Italian now is still not up to scratch for Dante. A darn shame. I quoted Dante because I am still 35, midway in a man's life's journey, and because it is my birthday soon. And I thought this blog needed a bit of literary depth and meaning.