YMMV / The Divine Comedy

The epic poem

  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Italian literary critics have dissected the poem word for word over the centuries finding new meanings for each verse. And knowing the Dante's love for allegories, they might be partially right.
  • First Installment Wins: The Inferno is the best known part of the work, probably for its Nightmare Fuel.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Ugolino committed treason, but you can't help but feel sorry for him after he's imprisoned in a tower to starve to death with his sons.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."
  • Misaimed Fandom: Some readers mistake what Francesca had with Paolo for love, when it was meant to be lust.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Divine Comedy was one of the earliest attempts at portraying what the Christian Hell looks like. The end results weren't pretty.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Inferno is infamous for this, as Hell seems to be populated by Dante's political opponents and historical figures he didn't like.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Ugolino's backstory and tragic death.
    • Brunetto Latini's fate. Driven home in that Dante does describe him as a "radiance among men" and other praises.
    • The story of the suicides, particularly the one who committed suicide after being imprisoned for a false charge.
    • The story of Francesca and Paolo makes Dante cry and faint.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Ulysses is in the Eight Circle for his trickery with the Wooden Horse and for false counsel during the Trojan War; while the Greeks admired his cunning, the Romans despised him for his deceitful nature during the War, since they believed themselves to be descended from the Trojans. Heck, that final suicidal voyage that drove Ulysses and his men to their deaths? Dante's own invention. Though it should be noted that Dante would not have access to Homer's epic poems when he wrote Inferno only Virgil's The Aeneid, where he is dubbed "Cruel Ulysses".
    • Brutus and Cassius are second only to Judas and Satan himself in their punishment, each being gnawed in one of Satan's mouths, while Julius Caesar himself is in Limbo. Given that Brutus and Cassius assassinated Caesar out of fear of his becoming a tyrant, while Caesar conducted ruthless and bloody wars of conquest to make himself ruler of Rome, modern eyes are much less likely to see Caesar's assassination as quite so black and white as Dante did.
    • For those who don't share a medieval Catholic vision of the afterlife, or medieval Catholic ideas of right and wrong, the punishments can come across as Disproportionate Retribution in the extreme.
  • What an Idiot: Some of the hypocrites have this response to Virgil trusting the devils regarding how to cross over their tier of Malebolgia when, in fact, all of the bridges are broken. One essentially says "Lying is in the devil's nature. Weren't you aware of this?"
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The final cantos of Purgatorio describe creatures that wouldn't be out of place in the biblical Book of Daniel or Revelation to John. These included 6-winged angels with eyes covering their wings, a gryphon, an analogue for the Whore of Babylon, and a giant who abused said Whore of Babylon.

The band

  • Awesome Music: Pretty much the entirety of Promenade. It's been compared to Ulysses for a reason.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: On the B-side "Births, Deaths & Marriages", a kid breaks his leg on purpose so that he receives 'get well soon' messages on his cast. He ends up with "YOU SUCK" written on it instead.
  • Ear Worm: "Take the National Express when your life is a mess, it'll make you smi-i-i-i-ile..."
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The Divine Comedy was initially more successful in France than in Britain.


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