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IDIOTIC MISCONCEPTIONS MY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE ABOUT DANTE'S INFERNO

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1. That it's a novel (it's an epic poem).

2. That the Virtuous Pagans in Limbo must try and dance under a really low stick for eternity.

3. That it's set in America.

4. That the first letter of the first 20 words spell out "I killed Paul McCartney."

5. That Dante wrote it in Italian so any English translations would be infuriatingly difficult for teenagers to read.

6. That it was made into a movie starring Pierce Brosnan.

7. That Hell is real, and their English teacher is headed there.

--Chuck McHenry

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