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From the Classroom: A Dante Poem by Gabriel Lysne

From the Classroom: A Dante Poem by Gabriel Lysne

In Omnibus V Primary, students read Dante’s Inferno. They are then asked to write their own poem in terza rima with some connection to Dante’s story. Gabriel Lysne took it one step further and wrote his poem in German, utilizing skills from two VSA classes. Below is his poem and a rough translation by Mr. Rob Shearer, his German and Omnibus V Primary teacher. To learn more about our Live Online Classes click HERE.

Ein Fremdenführer führt zur Hölle heiß,

Ein Mann nach ihm, Gedanken ganz allein

Dann fragt er mit Gesicht bedeckt von Schweiß:

“Wie kann Ein Ort so arg wie dieser sein?“

der Fremdenführer, nämlich Virgil groß,

ihm sagte „Diese sind die die sind sein,

Des Teufels, schlägt er sie mit manchem Stoß.

Ins Leben hatten sie nicht am Heiland,

Jesus Christus, geglaubt. Jetzt haben Amboß

Ein Amboß, für Taten getan ins Land

Lebendiges. So büßen sie verband.“

Der Fragender, der Dante hieß, ist still.

Er denkt an seinem Leben, sorgenschwer.

Er denkt. Der Anblick wandelt Lebensstil.

Nicht auf dem Weg zur Hölle mehr.

Den große Graus, daß er gesehen hat,

befreite ihn vom tödliche Fehler.

Jetzt er den Weg zur Paradiso trat.

Dies ist der Ort in denen er wird geh’n.

Sein Banges Herz ist volles Glück anstatt.

Er wird mit stärker Stimme ausrufen,

und werden sie die klare Wahrheit seh’n

[English Translation]

A tour guide leads to Hell hot,

A man after him, thoughts completely alone

Then asks he with face covered with sweat.

“How can a place so terrible as this be?”

The tour guide, namely Virgil great,

Says to him, “These are those who are his,

The Devil’s, he strikes them with many a blow.”

In life they had not believed in the Holy One,

Jesus Christ. Now have they an anvil

An anvil, for deeds done in the land

Of the living. So they suffer chained.

The questioner, who was called Dante, is silent.

He thinks on his life, sorrow-heavy.

He thinks. The sight alters his lifestyle.

No more on the way to Hell.

The great horror, that he has seen

Freed him from deadly mistake.

Now he the way to Paradise trod.

This is the place to which he will go.

His uneasy heart is full of joy instead.

He will call out with a stronger voice,

And they will see the clear truth.

Gabriel Lysne is VSA Alumni and lives in West Virginia with his parents and seven younger siblings. He enjoys learning languages, fencing, and military history.